A high-profile Latin American journalist has claimed that the striker told him personally that he will not be leaving Anfield
Luis Suarez is ready to perform an amazing U-turn and stay at Liverpool, according to reports in Uruguay.
The striker has been pushing for a move away from Merseyside all summer, but it is claimed he could now be ready to abandon those plans – and even sign a new deal.
Martin Charquero, of GolTV Latin American, claimed that the forward told him personally he would not leave Anfield.
He tweeted: “Luis Suarez confirms to me he will not leave Liverpool. The support of the fans has influenced his decision.”
“Suarez see it as likely that he’ll sign a renewal (extension) to the contract that binds him to Liverpool.”
Arsenal’s chase for the striker hit a hurdle when it emerged that a clause in the Uruguayan’s contract did not in fact trigger his sale.
The claims come as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger draws up a Plan B which could see him resurrect an interest in Swansea’s Spanish goal-machine Michu.
The north Londoners have also compiled extensive scouting reports on Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko in the past and Wenger still rates him highly and would move given any encouragement.
They passed up on interest in David Villa, Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic to concentrate on the Suarez pursuit.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insisted yesterday that the club would do everything to keep Suarez.
Gerrard said: “It’s very important (Suarez stays). He is one of the best players in the world.
“I can understand why clubs are showing an interest in him.
“If I can use my influence to try to get him to stay then of course I will because I love playing with him and I don’t want him to go.
“For Liverpool to be successful and move forward we have to keep our best players.”
Suarez is currently suspended for a further six matches as his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April was carried over.