The Gunners were keen to land the Uruguayan and it was understood a bid of £40million would activate his release clause. The north London side made a cheeky offer of £40,000,001 in an attempt to sign the forward in the summer of 2013. Despite Suarez turning down a move to Arsenal, he ended joining Spanish giants Barcelona. Speaking to Otro, he revealed that he took on board advice from Gerrard to reject then Arsene Wenger's side.
“We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,” Suarez told Otro.
“I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’.”
“This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying. His words convinced me in that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad. They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.”