Maybe after so long at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has actually convinced himself that the Emirates is located on some arrondissement of Paris.
That must be why he has sanctioned a cheeky club record bid for Liverpool’s unhappy striker, Luis Suarez.
Suarez has made it clear that his future lies away from England, after the abuse he was handed- largely by the London press- following a handful of contentious moments during his Liverpool career.
And so it seems odd that Wenger thought £30 million could lure Luis to London.
Neither Liverpool nor Arsenal are inclined to comment on Arsenal’s unexpected bid for Suarez, suffice it to say the Anfield club rejected it out of hand.
The Reds hope to keep Suarez for another season, and are waiting for him to hand in an official transfer bid.
And if he does, they will only contemplate selling him for at least double what they paid for him, so in the regions of £50 million- not exactly Gunners transfer territory.
Having been bent over a barrel in recent transfer seasons to some extent, there is also no way Liverpool’s increasingly savvy owners will sell their best player on the cheap to a local rival.
Conspiracy theorists suggest Arsenal never really believed they could get Suarez for such a steal, and that they were only using him in a clandestine bid to hasten their capture of Real Madrid striker, Gonazalo Higuain.
What had appeared a cut-and-dry purchase a few days ago is no closer to completion, and some reports suggest that by moving for Real target Suarez, Arsenal hoped to force the Spanish club’s hand on Higuain.
Suarez meanwhile, remains on extended leave following his exploits for Uruguay at the Confederations Cup, and there is as yet no certainty where his club future lies. Apart from the fact that it won’t be Arsenal, that is.