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Arsene Wenger reveals Luis Suarez 'agreement' with Arsenal in 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool wears the captain's armband during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and
Image: Luis Suarez apparently almost swapped Liverpool for Arsenal in 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says there was an "agreement" in place to sign Luis Suarez in 2013.

It was reported that the Gunners tried to sign Suarez by bidding £1 over his £40,000,000 release clause.

Liverpool owner John Henry later revealed that Suarez did indeed have a £40m release clause, but the club opted not to sell the striker.

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And Wenger has suggested Suarez almost joined the Gunners.

He told beINSports: "He was very close [to signing for Arsenal]. We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second Leg match v Arsenal
Image: Barcelona's Suarez scored against Arsenal in the Champions League last season

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"I'm convinced he wanted to join us, then they kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad."

Suarez stayed with Liverpool for another season before joining Barcelona in a deal worth £75m.

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