Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has admitted there was little chance Liverpool would have agreed to sell striker Luis Suarez to their Premier League rivals this summer, the
Kroenke has met with his Liverpool counterpart and compatriot John W. Henry at a conference in the United States, where the frosty relationship between the two clubs was a source of amusement for the other attendees. And Kroenke says now that while every player has their price, Liverpool were entrenched in not releasing Suarez for a fee the Gunners could find acceptable.
“Arsene Wenger had a view, our team had a view, they had a view and their view was, he wasn’t going anywhere,” Kroenke said. “I never saw them waver from it,” he continued. “I guess at some level there is a number that gets anybody out of anywhere but there was nothing within the realm of what we knew about that could have got him out of there.
“There were people saying if he left there was nothing left. If people believe that, if those players believed that and John thought they believed that, then that is a real problem,” Kroenke added.
After giving up on the chance of signing Suarez, Wenger instead moved for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, completing a club record £42m transfer on deadline day. Kroenke denies, however, that the Germany international was signed to appease supporters.
“We weren’t there to make a statement,” Kroenke said. “It’s absolutely not done for that. It was done purely because our manager views him as worth that money, he sees him as a player to help us compete and that meant we were happy to pay it.”
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