Wenger intent on pursuing Suarez despite Liverpool’s stance

Anfield owner John W Henry has insisted the Uruguayan will not be sold this summer, although the Arsenal boss is hopeful a move could still be completed

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal will continue their “amicable” pursuit of Luis Suarez despite Liverpool’s insistence that the striker will not be sold this summer.

Liverpool owner John W Henry claimed on Thursday that his side would not sanction the Uruguay international’s move to the Emirates Stadium, regardless of the bid from the north London club.

Wenger, who said on Wednesday that a move for Suarez is on “standby”, has reiterated that the club will be honourable in their bid for the 26-year-old but claims a change of heart from Liverpool could allow the deal to be completed.

“There is nothing to add to what I said already about the transfer of Suarez,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “If it will be done, it will be done in a respectful and amicable way with Liverpool.

“I didn’t read [Liverpool owner John W Henry’s] statements but we’ll be faithful to the way we want to behave.

“To make a transfer happen, you need the agreement of three parties – the buyer, the seller and the player.

“We know what we want to do. The player, if I look at the statements [does] as well. Liverpool at the moment do not agree. If they change their minds or not, I don’t know. We’ll respect that.

“We are looking at possibilities to strengthen our squad. Suarez is one of the targets. If he’s not for sale, he’s not for sale. We have to accept that.

“Every club has its own way of dealing with things, we have our way and we respect all the other clubs.”

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