Gunners will up their bid by £10m for Luis Suarez.
Arsenal will go all out to sign Liverpool’s enigmatic striker Luis Suarez, after new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti decided he will keep Gonzalo Higuain, according to The Daily Mirror.
Arsene Wenger is desperate to add a world class striker to his first-team, and will return with a £40m bid for Luis Suarez, after a £30m bid was rejected last week.
The North London club were on the verge of clinching a deal for Higuain, but couldn’t complete the signing of the £23m goal-getter. Higuain is the pure finisher Wenger has been crying out for, and has scored 122 goals in 266 games for Real Madrid.
Ancelotti though, has decided that the 25-year-old Argentinian has a role to play in Real Madrid’s quest to wrestle the La Liga title from their Messi inspired rivals Barcelona.
The chances of the Gunners landing Suarez are slim, considering the striker has regularly stated his desire to play abroad next season. Suarez has also repeatedly stated his respect for the Liverpool fans, who have stuck by him after a string of controversial incidents. Moving to a club in the same league would seemingly contradict both of these factors.
If the Suarez move did materialise, it would be the second time in two years that Liverpool’s lack of Champions League football has cost them their star striker. In 2011, Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £50m in a British record transfer, but Arsenal fans would hope Suarez’s move would be much more successful than Torres’s unhappy spell in London.
Suarez scored 23-league-goals last season, whereas Arsenal’s triumvirate of forwards, Lukas Podolski (11), Olivier Giroud (11) and Theo Walcott (14) couldn’t manage more than 15.
Signing Suarez would probably see Podolski and Walcott play consistently from wide areas, with Giroud used as a backup central striker.
Luis Suarez’s transfer to Arsenal would more than double their record transfer, which was last broken when they signed Jose Reyes from Sevilla ten years ago.