Premier League Transfer: Owen would be surprised by move

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Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes it would be surprising if controversial striker Luis Suarez opted to leave Reds to join Arsenal during summer transfer window.

Suarez has been continually dropping hints since the close of last season that he would like to up sticks and move away from Anfield to ply his trade elsewhere.

Real Madrid and Barcelona looked to be frontrunners to compete for the Uruguayan but it is Arsenal who have opened the bidding with an offer of £40million plus £1 last week.

The fee offered by the north London club means that they have opened a clause in the player’s contract and allows him to travel to the Emirates to hold talks.

However, Owen believes that joining Arsene Wenger’s side would not necessarily be a step in the right direction for the man who netted 30 times in 44 appearances last term.

The former England striker insists that the Merseyside club is starting to look in good shape after a raft of signings since Brendan Rodgers took over last summer and despite not being involved in European football next season, he is certain that it is not too far away.

Owen said: “Arsenal are a fabulous club and have got a great heritage, but Liverpool are as big – if not bigger.

“I’d be very surprised if he were to move to Arsenal. Madrid or Barcelona would make more sense.

“I’m struggling to understand why he would leave and stay in England with Liverpool being the stature they are.”

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