Based off the latest speculation, it appears the fates of Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez will be inexplicably tied until the end of the summer transfer session. Each striker has publicly battled their respective clubs this summer, and below the surface of those tongue-in-cheek jabs in the media was the inclination that the stars would leave Manchester United and Liverpool, respectively.
Reports of the Uruguayan Suarez apologizing to Liverpool have silenced talk of a switch to Arsenal, but with a little over two weeks left until the transfer session ends that could easily change. Even before the apology, Reds owner John W. Henry stated outright that Suarez wasn’t to be moved, but the Gunners were prepared to make a final £49 million offer.
Suarez offended Merseyside manager Brendan Rodgers and his teammates by defaming the club with allegations of a broken promise to ship him out to Spanish super club Real Madrid or to the Emirates. His off-field antics are forgettable once Liverpool considers the 38 goals Suarez netted over the last two years.
Should Suarez and Liverpool remain calm until Sept. 2, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may focus his sights on Rooney, who butted heads with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his replacement David Moyes over the last few months.
According to the Daily Mirror, the 27-year-old with 141 career goals for United is not up for sale, but with the Gunners failing to land Suarez or make any other shock move, the push for Rooney may increase.
After posts on his Facebook page were diagramed and analyzed as a slight to most of United and to Moyes, it was believed a move out of Old Trafford was imminent. Chelsea and new boss Jose Mourinho also remain hot on Rooney’s trail.
Wenger is also aiming to spruce up his backline with Thomas Vermaelen sidelined to start the season, and offered £6 million to Swansea for defender Swansea Ashley Williams, as reported by the Mirror. The 28-year-old admitted he wants to play in Champions League, and Swansea finished ninth last season, and their chances of moving up in the near future appear slim.
Should a deal for Williams wither away, current Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner could be bought back from the Italian side, based off a report from Daily Star. The fee for the 29-year-old Swiss would help Juventus strengthen their offer for highly sought after Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Currently covering NBA, NFL, MLB, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, focusing on trades, controversy, and injury updates. Joined IB Times in August 2012.