Arsenal transfers: Luis Suárez unlikely to join Gunners – Lee Dixon

Arsenal transfers: Lee Dixon does not expect to see Luis Suárez leave Liverpool and join his former club this summer

Former Arsenal full-back Lee Dixon believes the business done during the rest of the transfer window will have a decisive factor in where the Premier League trophy ends up – though he doesn’t expect his old club to sign Luis Suárez.

Liverpool striker Suárez has been the subject of a £40m plus £1 bid by the Gunners, which the Anfield club swiftly rejected.

Of the clubs expected to challenge for the title, only Manchester City have spent big over the summer, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all linked with big-money moves.

Dixon, capped 22 times by England during a career in which he twice won the Premier League under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, admits United’s Wayne Rooney could begin the campaign with Chelsea, but he is less convinced about Suárez’s future.

“I don’t think we can nail our colours to the flag with the title race until the transfer window is over,” said the 49-year-old, who was speaking while taking part in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, cycling 100 miles along the Olympic road race route.

“I still think there is a bit of business to be done, and I think there will be a few big signings just before the end of the deadline.

“I will be interested to see how the big teams start because certainly Manchester City have spent big so far, and the rest are flagging behind as far as spending is concerned. It’s probably going to be one of the tightest run races in a long time.

“I think Rooney has a chance of going to Chelsea but I’m not sure about Suárez. I just don’t see him going to Arsenal to be honest. I think if he is going to go anywhere it will probably be to Real Madrid.”

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