The truth behind Arsenal’s infamous £40m+£1 transfer ‘bid’ for Luis Suarez finally revealed

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil after failing with a cheeky bid for Luis Suarez (Picture: Getty)‘So, whoever agreed to that clause in the Suarez camp was being less than clever because it was never a buy-out. What there was, was an obligation to discuss a transfer if a threshold was met and that threshold was £40m.‘Now, we didn’t know if Liverpool received an offer of £40m whether they would say, ‘that’s not more than £40m’. We could have gone with £45m, but the point is we knew there was never a buy-out.‘So, it was never going to be a bid of £40m+1, it was always going to be the start of a negotiation.’On  Henry’s now iconic response, Law added: ‘We knew that we had to exceed a certain threshold and so we decided to throw another pound on it,” he said. “We could have thrown £50 or £500,000, but it wasn’t going to make any difference to the final negotiation. Arsenal attempted to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in the summer of 2013 (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law insists never wanted to antagonise Liverpool with their infamous transfer pursuit of Luis Suarez.Arsene Wenger ditched the north London club’s move for Gonzalo Higuain in the summer of 2013, sensing an opportunity to prise the Uruguay international from Liverpool instead.Suarez had agitated for a transfer and believed his contract included a £40m buyout clause.Law, who was overseeing Arsenal’s transfer strategy in conjunction with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, discovered, however, that the clause merely meant Liverpool were obliged to inform Suarez of any offers they received over the £40m mark.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal reportedly submitted an audacious offer, a solitary pound over the required mark, prompting Liverpool owner John W Henry to tweet ‘What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?’AdvertisementAdvertisementLaw, however, insists Arsenal did not mean to cause any animosity, were shocked when the bid was made public and insisted it was purely a negotiating tactic.He told Goal: ‘That spring, news got round to us that Suarez wanted out of Liverpool.‘We got information that showed us what was negotiated between Liverpool and the player, and in our internal conversations decided that the clause was meaningless, that it was not a buy-out and it didn’t obligate Liverpool to do anything apart from have a conversation. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jul 2019 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link544Sharescenter_img The truth behind Arsenal’s infamous £40m+£1 transfer ‘bid’ for Luis Suarez finally revealed John W Henry mocked Arsenal after their audacious transfer offer for Luis Saurez (Picture: Getty)‘The offer was just a trigger. Liverpool wanted to make a big deal out of it and that’s fine. When they received our offer they immediately publicised it.‘I think John Henry wanted to know what we were smoking, which I thought was a bit disrespectful. It was him having a bit of a go because he was getting ready to lose his star player. It was a good way to deflect attention.”‘I always thought that the move to publicise it was counter-productive.‘One of the things we were always very proud of at Arsenal was working quietly behind the scenes. Ivan, Arsene and I always worked very hard on being discreet in all transfers.‘And I thought Liverpool shot themselves in the foot by basically saying they were now forced to entertain offers because of this clause, by publicising it they just made everyone aware and eventually they lost the player.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Butland: Stoke was the right move

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img The highly-rated Birmingham goalkeeper has enjoyed an incredible year, going from a loan spell at npower League Two side Cheltenham to earning his first cap for the England senior team. The 20-year-old also represented Great Britain at London 2012 and impressed a number of top clubs, including Champions League holders Chelsea. Butland, though, rejected the west Londoners overtures in favour of a move to Stoke, who he will link up with after ending the season with Birmingham. Asked if it was a difficult decision to make, the youngster said: “It was and it wasn’t. Chelsea is a fantastic club, it would attract any player and it certainly attracted me.” Press Association He added: “It is a fantastic place to play and they are the current Champions League winners. They are the European champions. “But Stoke are a fantastic club for different reasons and somewhere I feel I can better develop my game at the minute. It is as simple as that. “Chelsea didn’t do anything wrong, I just didn’t feel it was the right move for me and felt Stoke was. “It was a very, very important decision to make about when and where to move. It took a lot of thinking and unfortunately Birmingham were in the position they were. “I have been there for a long time, learned a lot there. I’ve had my spells in League Two and my taste of the Championship – but I feel that if I really want to push Joe Hart and the senior keepers for the senior spot then I need to be playing Premier League football. “I feel capable of doing it and feel capable of doing it with Stoke. It is a very good set-up there. “The goalie coach is very good and I am very pleased I’ve made that move and at this time. I am really at ease with the decision and really looking forward to it.” center_img Jack Butland admits seeing other players lose their way helped in his decision to turn down Chelsea in favour of Stoke.last_img read more

Januzaj targets long stay at United

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img “But number 10 is the position I always wanted to play.” For now though he just wants to make the most of his opportunities. Scoring twice on his first Premier League start at Sunderland in October was not a bad way to make his mark. However, Januzaj understands there is much still to do – especially when he has set his goals so high. “My parents always told me to stay on my feet and keep working for myself and, if I can, try to be the best player in the world,” he said. “Football is not about age. If you are good enough to play, you have to play. “The boss gave me a chance and I couldn’t have asked for more than to score two goals on my debut. “I was really happy with those goals. Now I have to continue and score more if I can because I have to prove I can play at first-team level.” Januzaj has broken onto the first-team scene this season and become one of the few bright spots in David Moyes’ troubled first few months at the club. The 18-year-old has already been rewarded with a new five-year contract and made his Champions League debut in Tuesday’s victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. And it is clear, despite United’s present problems, Januzaj has a long-term plan that revolves around remaining at Old Trafford. “My first opinion was to sign for Manchester United,” Januzaj told MUTV. “It was my first choice and I have signed for them. “I am happy here. If I could play all my life at Manchester United I would do it for the club.” Moyes has largely been using Januzaj in wide positions. However, the youngster, who was born in Belgium but is yet to commit his international future to any country given his Kosovan background, eventually feels he will move into a more advanced role. “My best position will behind the striker as a number 10,” he said. “I always used to play there when I was really young. I can also play on the wings and I always do my best. I would do that even if it was at left-back. It is my job. Press Association Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has claimed he wants to stay at Old Trafford for the remainder of his career.last_img read more

Ladies Chess Tournament Debuts in Ibadan

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_img“Rating level of our female players on FIDE chart is relatively low when compared with their male counterparts. This explains why an event like this is a step in right direction as a way of encouraging them to be the best among their peers in both continental and world level,” he remarked Tuesday night in a telephone interview.The event is organised by chess enthusiasts under the aegis of ‘Just Chess Venture’.All notable female players from all the states of the federation are participating at the tournament among whom are Toritsemuwa Ofowino, Akintoye Deborah, Doris Adebayo, Peace Sampson, Olufunmilayo Oyegunle, Labake Coker and Amarachi Agiri among others.The event will climax on Sunday with attractive prizes to all the deserved winners. A special celebration is in place for the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, who will attain the Golden Age same day.On Saturday, FIDE Master, Adegboyega Adebayo, will engage 20 of the participating players in a simultaneous chess exhibition display.As at the time of this report, Akintoye, Adebayo, Ofowino, Sampson and Omishogbon all had perfect scores after the first two rounds on Tuesday.The event is a combination of Swiss and knockout pairing. The first five rounds would be used to select top eight players that will go into the knockout phase stating from quarter finals.While the remaining players will continue with the Swiss pairings and complete the mandatory eight rounds for the four remains prizes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe maiden edition of all female chess tournament got underway on Tuesday in Ibadan with 27 players on parade at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium complex in Ibadan.The event, according to the Tournament Director, Babatunde Ogunsiku, is part of efforts at improving the level of the game among female players in the country.last_img read more

Media: How a Dodgers high-five raises objectivity concerns

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgA consensus from a stream of pro-Dodgers followers seemed to be that Rizzo should be allowed to react as a person who works for the team and this was all OK because she wasn’t “cheering in the press box.”To be fair, the SportsNet LA camera in the aftermath of the celebration first focused on Roberts extending his hand to someone out of view. Quickly, it was apparent Rizzo was on the receiving end.She could have returned the gesture as a natural reflex, based on their relationship, or left him hanging, perhaps extending her hand for a more professional shake before going off to find her interview subject. Had she done the latter, the irony is that video would probably have gone viral and had fans calling her out.Yet, mainstream media members – taught in Journalism 101 to keep a healthy, objective distance so as not to compromise one’s fact-gathering abilities – will often call out others in their profession on public faux pas that could undermine all their credibility. It is an integral and internal check-and-balance mechanism.Perhaps we just assumed Rizzo fell into that category. Our mistake.This also shouldn’t be taken as a direct hit on Rizzo – it would have been just as much a violation if David Vassegh, the team reporter for the Dodgers-co-owned KLAC-AM 570, was seen doing the same thing. Even more egregious if it were a Los Angeles Times or Southern California News Group representative.If it were Orel Hershiser or Nomar Garciaparra or Jerry Hairston Jr., it would have looked less bothersome to most since they were former players, but still in the SportsNet LA corral. A homer is a homer is a homer.It boils down not so much on how one defines their role, but more through what prism the media consumers want to view them.From this mini-experiment, the bottom line seems to be the fans accept this is a team-owned channel, and those covering the team on this network shouldn’t be confined by standards of other journalists.Maybe that’s not fair to someone like Vassegh, for example. Or even John Hartung, the former KABC-Channel 7 news anchor who came over to SportsNet LA to be the pre- and postgame show host and also do some play-by-play. Ned Colletti, as another example, does an exceptional job as a studio analyst with a down-the-middle perspective.We seem to recall as well Vin Scully – not to go deep old-school here – prided himself on a call that would not identify him favoring one team or another. That resonates with some. Not all.That can lead us also on a side trip on what play-by-play broadcasters do during a no-hitter in progress. Friday, the Dodgers’ Joe Davis and Hershiser had to mention the no-hitter because of Roberts’ history of removing young pitchers based on a pitch count even during an historic moment like this.In the past, Davis and Hershiser have been open about reporting no-hitters, even joking about the “jinx” factor. Reports are the San Diego TV broadcasters Friday night were also not hiding the no-hit information – because it involved the opposing team. Were it a situation that a Padres pitcher was throwing it, as happened earlier this season, the call would have been a different story – much like it will always be with the Angels’ Victor Rojas, who refuses to mention the event and, as a result, makes himself part of the story.In a time when viewers tend to show loyalty to an MSNBC or Fox News depending on what they want to hear, that only becomes more be amplified when it comes to local sports. Objectivity is less important than feeding an emotional need.“She’s a Dodgers reporter, a damn good one too!!” read one Twitter response about Rizzo. “She bleeds blue like the rest of us.”So you can apparently have it both ways if you just close your eyes, click your blue heels, and wish it hard enough.Reach Tom Hoffarth at and follow him on Twitter @tomhoffarthMEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES* The Dodgers’ first appearance on Facebook Watch on Thursday – a 5-2 win at Arizona – logged 1 million views (anyone watching for more than three seconds) with a high of about 44,000 at one point, had 189,000 reactions (people who “liked” or did some other registerable click) and saw some 28,000 comments posted. The comments may have been the most entertaining aspect of the whole experience.Among those we were quick enough to pull in and document before they vanished off the screen:Donald Archuleta: My dad just called to ask me what channel Facebook is …Lynn Camomile: Hate that I have 3 big flat screens, an MLB subscription and Sling TV – and I’m having to watch this on a laptop computer or phone!Keiko Van Meeteren: Who wants to watch on FB? Not me, kind of a rip off to Spectrum customers who don’t want or need FB. Might have to take some getting used to. I have Spectrum for the only reason to watch Dodger games! PERIOD.Marina Gonzalez: Sad day when you have to watch you baseball team on Facebook, on your phone. Irony is I’m happy I get to watch.Also interesting is that SportsNet LA could have replayed that MLB Network-produced game Thursday night for those unable to access Facebook Watch during the day. The network decided not to do it.* Chris Marlowe and Kevin Wong call the finals from AVP/FIVB Huntington Beach Open beach volleyball event Sunday for NBCSN at 1 p.m. Tanith White is part of the team as a courtside reporter.* Sam Gore, Holly McPeak and Holly Rowe call the ESPN coverage of the NCAA women’s beach volleyball championship from Alabama (Sunday, 11 a.m., following coverage of the second semifinal at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2).WHAT CHOKES* Hard to knock the process by which NFL Films and HBO decide whom to recruit for their annual “Hard Knocks” documentary series. But as the Chargers are one of six teams eligible for their “mandatory” appearance, “they have not come up once” in discussions, according to a league source. Noting the Rams’ inclusion in the 2016 series documenting their move from St. Louis back to Los Angeles, the source added: “Going back to L.A. twice in three years isn’t want the executives and producers want.” Teams can beg out of inclusion if they have a first-year head coach, went to the postseason the past two years or appeared on the show in the past 10 years. Aside from the Chargers, those eligible to be picked (expect a decision in the next couple of weeks) are Cleveland, San Francisco, Denver, Baltimore and Washington. The GMs for the Browns and 49ers have already publicly lobbied to get a pass. Chargers GM Tom Telesco has said he wouldn’t object. Don’t knock it ’til you tried it. Look what it eventually did to the Rams’ success and Jeff Fisher’s future earnings.* Peter King has divested himself from Sports Illustrated after nearly 30 years, signing a more secure deal with NBC that includes taking his “Monday Morning” NFL column to starting in July. The 60-year-old founded The MMQB microsite in 2013, an expansion of the Monday Morning Quarterback column he has written since 1997. He joined SI in 1989 to write the “Inside the NFL” column. At a time when SI’s iconic brand is in the process of staff defections, less frequent print issues and questionable ownership status, it’s connecting the dots to assume King is merely leaping from one melting iceberg to the next. NBC has a working relationship with the NFL; SI did not and could give their reporters more freedom to criticize.And then there are these Twitter responses from syndicated columnist Norman Chad, who for years has referred to King as everything that’s wrong with “insider” journalism and problematic relationships: “Peter King’s conflicted-of-interest, factually-challenged, hidden-agenda-driven MMQB column is moving from Sports Illustrated to NBC. #JournalisticCrimePays #NowTheOnlyReasonToReadSIIsTheSwimsuitIssue”Peter King’s conflicted-of-interest, factually-challenged, hidden-agenda-driven MMQB column is moving from Sports Illustrated to NBC. #JournalisticCrimePays #NowTheOnlyReasonToReadSIIsTheSwimsuitIssue— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) May 3, 2018Chad added: “Sports Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Stone: ‘Peter King, in my opinion, is one of the five most important figures in SI history.’ Uh… He’s not even one of the five most important figures in line at Wienerschnitzel. #SomeoneNeedsToInvestigateTheHistoryOfHisReporting” What’s so wrong with the optics of a sports TV reporter celebrating with a manager after a historic event takes place? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nothing, apparently.And everything, mostly.SportsNet LA cameras captured its own field reporter, Alanna Rizzo, on the receiving end of a high-five from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts at the conclusion of Friday night’s combined no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, Mexico.The immediate reflex here was to report it as a bad-look, mixed-message via Twitter. The response evolved into an interesting social (and sometimes anti-social) discussion on what should matter versus what doesn’t seem to be all that important any longer.Maybe this was just one of those tipping points that reinforced a theory we have suspected all along – fans want fans calling and reporting on their games. To embrace their leanings. Especially if you’re a team-owned channel and have the ultimate final call on how to control your message. Without the cloak of SI, King could be even more exposed to problematic relationships with the sport he covers.last_img read more

Why Florida banned its ‘Gator Bait’ cheer amid movement against racial injustice

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgThe discontinuation of the “Gator Bait” cheer at UF sporting events is part of a three-part plan presented by Fuchs, who also personally committed to “removing any monuments or namings that UF can control that celebrate the Confederacy or its leaders.”Florida’s SEC East rival, Georgia, is also implementing change amid the global movement against racial injustice. Brett Bawcum, the acting director of UGA’s Redcoat Band, announced Wednesday the band will no longer play “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone With The Wind,” the 1939 film set in the antebellum South, at sporting events. It will be replaced by the school’s signature “Georgia on My Mind.””The current social climate has highlighted the urgency of addressing it and made me conscious of the message that could be interpreted by delay,” Bawcum wrote. The recognizable “Gator Bait” chant and correlating Gator chomp arm motion will no longer be heard and seen at University of Florida sporting events. The discontinuation of the cheer is part of what the school is calling The Decade Ahead plan to address racism and inequality amid a global movement. (Wikimedia Commons) “While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events,” Florida president Kent Fuchs wrote in a letter Thursday to the UF community, “there is horrific racist imagery associated with the prase. Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”The move has prompted backlash from Florida’s fan base. Which isn’t much of a surprise to Paul Ortiz, a history professor at UF who has shown his students some of the images Fuchs refers to in his letter.”I try to tell people in advance I’m not showing them because I’m trying to make anyone feel bad here,” Ortiz told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I do think it’s important to understand the brutality of the history.”It has kept people from going to Gator sports in the past. But it hasn’t risen to the level of something that people would actually protest just simply because there were so many other issues that were going on.”Ortiz indicated it’s not clear whether “gator bait” incidents actually happened. Publications that have written about it include the New Miami Times, which in 2014 cited multiple references documenting that black babies were used as alligator bait in north and central Florida during slavery and into the 20th century.From a Fraser’s Magazine excerpt cited by “Alligator hunting was very profitable in the 1800-1900s. The skins were used to make shoes, bags, belts and other items. However, white hunters often lost their arms and sometimes their lives as they rustled the swampy waters at night attempting to attract alligators to the surface, so they decided to use slave babies as bait.” Alligator bait postcard Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., features multiple illustrated images of black babies next to alligators. UCLA African-American studies professor Patricia Turner wrote in her 2002 book that these portrayals, presented as postcards, “depict more than just the presence of a negative stereotype; they implicitly represent a form of aggression in eradicating an unwanted people.”Added Ortiz, who first started studying the imagery while writing his dissertation on African-American history as a graduate student: “Initially I thought it was an anomaly or something. Then you see it over and over and over again.”last_img read more