The Failed Moves of Rooney & Suarez


So the dust post transfer deadline day has settled and the movers and shakers have conducted their business, the Premiership clubs spent a record £630m but in the opposite direction we witnessed the world record signing of Gareth Bale from Spurs to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £85m. With all the hype and excitement surrounding clubs with their latest acquisitions who will all be in action now that the international break is over, it’s actually some of the non-movers that managed to catch my attention.

That’s right, I’m talking about the failed moves of Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.

Previous power moves

In the past we have seen some very high profiled transfers including a number of controversial ones to say the very least. A few of the signings that caused a stir includes Carlos Tevez from Manchester United to Manchester City, Luis Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid, Ashley Cole from Arsenal to Chelsea and finally not forgetting Sol Campbell from Tottenham Hotspurs to Arsenal (sorry Spurs fans!).

No club in their right mind would sell their star players to their fierce rivals unless it was the players themselves who were pushing for the moves. We tend to hear various reasons as to why the players want the moves; from the desire to play for a ‘bigger club’, wanting to win (more) trophies, playing in the Champions League and sometimes as simple as demanding more money.

Whatever the reason may be, previously it seems as though the unhappy player throws his toys out of the pram, and the club respond accordingly in favour of them.

The final straw

The last eyebrow raising transfer that involved Premiership clubs was Robin Van Persie’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United. Following this transfer, Arsene Wenger came under huge amounts of criticism selling to their rivals, and what made it worse was how the Dutch frontman played an integral part in Manchester United winning the title. Something Arsenal fans will not be quick to forgive their gaffer for

I firmly believe that this transfer played a large part in Manchester United and Liverpool rejecting the transfers of Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez to Chelsea and Arsenal, respectively.

Not this time

This summer we saw Sir Alex Ferguson publically confirm Rooney’s unhappiness at the club just before he had officially retired as manager and this was the story which spent a lot of time on our back pages. Although it was never confirmed that Rooney had formally handed in his transfer request, it was clear for all to see that he wanted a move away from Old Trafford.

Suarez on the other hand was a lot more vocal than Rooney on this front and made it clear to everybody of his intention to leave the Merseyside club.

However, whenever asked about the situations, both David Moyes and Brendan Rogers insisted that neither star was for sale. The clubs were stubborn in their stance, dismissed these transfer rumours and rejected any bid for their prized assets.

All smoke but no fire

A common theme to come from both players is that neither one of the unhappy strikers formally handed in their transfer requests. Perhaps by simply expressing their unhappiness and intention to move on, they envisaged their clubs to acknowledge their desire to move and allow the transfer to go ahead. By doing so, the players would not surrender their current contracts and be financially better off. But for whatever reason, this was not the case. The clubs quite publicly refused to buckle down under the pressure from the disgruntled players.

This is not to say that either club would not have sold these players, or infact will not sell them in future. After all, everybody has their price. However, this is more likely to be to a club abroad as opposed to selling them to their domestic rivals. Either way, I think we have almost certainly seen a change in the attitudes of clubs and their willingness to keep their unhappy demanding players.

What do you think? Are English teams more likely to sell to foreign clubs than rivals? Would love to hear your views.

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