If we wait too long, even if we get the extra money for him, we won't be able to spend it which will affect our season. If we sell now, we still have time to bring people in. If we scare Arsenal off with the price, then Suarez ends up staying here and I don't think anyone really wants that after what has gone down, especially Suarez.
What is the big deal with Suarez staying another year? I don't care what he wants, because for him to leave both what he and
the club wants have to be taken into consideration. It's not like Suarez is the first player to have this sort of problem arise. City, for example, won the title with Tevez playing golf for half the season!
As for waiting too long, one thing to remember is we still have quite a bit of money to spend, as evident by our pursuit of Mkhitaryan, which definitely appeared unrelated to any potential Suarez transfer, and only failed because we came up against BvB. In fact, getting the Suarez money after
making a marquee purchase of a player who could either play with
Suarez or become his replacement, might help prevent the transfer fee of said player being inflated due to the other club knowing we have a shit ton of money coming in through Suarez's sale.
Also, the panicked call to "sell now", while understandable, should not really be considered
(but not necessarily implemented
) until the last week of the window. First of all, Suarez is suspended 6 games so his saga will not disrupt our first two games on the pitch
, since he won't be on it anyways. Secondly, one week left in a window would be enough, if we are prepared
- which I expect we are - to bring in a quality signing with some of his money. Thirdly, part of this "sell now" defeatist mentality is related to the Carroll fiasco, which is unlikely to be repeated because Comolli is no longer in charge and the club is now buying players in relation to a clearly establish style of play, rather than Comolli's mentality of buying prospects and/or talented players without really considering if they meshed with each other, along with the fact that at the time we did not really have such structure in our play (Carrool/Torres came only 2-3 weeks after Hodgson was fired, an obvious period of flux compared to our current relative stability - such instability can easily lead to poor planning/gunslinging/carelessness characteristic of the last day of that particular transfer window)