FIFA and FA transfer rules forbid any approach to a player save through his club but Wenger claimed a deal had already been struck with the Uruguay international even though no fee had been agreed.
Owner John Henry voiced concerns at the time, saying “How does a club who doesn’t have permission to speak with your player see his contract?”
Now Wenger has claimed openly that negotiations had been finalised.
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on their failed deal for Luis Suarez
Arsenal tried to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2013
In an interview with BeIN Sports, he said: “He was very close. 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.
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“I’m convinced he wanted to join us and then they sold him. They kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad.”
Yesterday, Liverpool were reluctant to rake over old wounds by making a formal complaint against their Premier League rivals.
Luis Suarez has since moved to Barcelona
And a spokesman for the FA’s disciplinary department said that they were not in a position to comment on the matter until they looked into it further after the end of the international week.
Nevertheless, Section C1 of the FA rules says “a player may not be approached by any other club, or official of any other club, or any person with a view to inducing the player to leave the club for which the Player is registered, except with the written permission of that club.”