Gunners have not abandoned Luis Suarez pursuit, despite Liverpool’s insisted he is not for sale.
Arsenal have still not given up hope of signing Luis Suarez and could table a fresh bid of roughly £49m for the Liverpool striker, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The news follows a day of confusion over Suarez’s future, after the 26-year-old reportedly told a journalist in his native Uruguay that he had decided to stay at Liverpool, before denying the reports following Uruguay’s 4-2 friendly win in Japan.
Suarez has publicly stressed his desire to leave Anfield this summer for a Champions League club, claiming the Reds broke a promise to allow to him leave if a suitor playing in UEFA’s premier club competition came calling.
Liverpool chairman John W. Henry responded angrily, insisting Suarez will not be sold this summer.
The Gunners, who have already had two bids rejected for Suarez this summer, are understood to have accepted the change in Liverpool’s stance but remain encourage by Suarez’s public refusal to accept he must stay on Merseyside.
Officials of the North London club held a meeting to discuss alternatives to the former Ajax man but could still table the fresh bid, which is roughly three times their club record fee – the £16.5m spent on Andrei Arshavin in 2009.
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is set to speak to the media on Thursday, where he is expect to confirm that Suarez is not for sale.