Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that there was an “agreement” in place to sign Luis Suarez in 2013.
It was reported that the Gunners tried to sign Suarez by bidding £1 over his £40,000,000 release clause.
Liverpool owner John Henry later revealed that Suarez did in fact have a £40m release clause, yet the club opted not to sell the striker.
And Wenger has recommended Suarez almost joined the Gunners.
He told beINSports: “He was very close [to signing for Arsenal]. We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him.”
“I’m convinced he wanted to join us, then they kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad.”
Suarez stayed with Liverpool for another season before joining Barcelona in a deal worth £75m.