Wenger admits Arsenal’s Suarez move is ‘on standby’

The Gunners boss admits he has no idea what Liverpool will do regarding the Uruguayan striker following reports the forward is considering taking legal action to force a move

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the club’s pursuit of Luis Suarez is “on standby” following reports the Liverpool striker is considering taking legal action to force a move.

The Gunners have already seen two bids for the Uruguayan rejected, the more recent being upwards of £40 million to trigger a supposed release clause, while Suarez is adamant the club said he could leave if the Anfield outfit failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.

“At the moment the situation is on standby,” Wenger told Al Jazeera Sport. “I heard that [Suarez is considering legal action to force a move] but this is sometimes linked with things that you don’t know as a potential buyer.

“That is the story between Suarez and Liverpool and I don’t know what has been said, what has been promised and what has been written and that is only Suarez and Liverpool that can decide that.

“It’s nothing to do with us. We have been told that the player wants to leave Liverpool and that’s why we’ve acted.”

Asked on the latest regarding Suarez after the striker pulled out of Liverpool’s travelling squad for a friendly in Norway, Wenger admitted: “I really don’t know, that’s for sure, I really don’t know what will be decided by Liverpool.”

The Frenchman is now playing the waiting game, and has admitted to frustration with the augmented transfer market following big-money moves by Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, for Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao respectively, but promised fans the club are pursuing a marquee signing.

“It’s going slowly,” he continued. “Slower than expected [because clubs have] more money than talent and the clubs with talented players don’t want to lose them.

“Some clubs acted very early so the choices were reduced, plus there is more competition coming from France. PSG buy big players for huge amounts of money so it’s tough and difficult and slow.”

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