Arsenal will make a £40 million transfer bid for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, in the hope of convincing Brendan Rodgers to allow his star asset to leave.
Arsenal have upped their bid for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez to £40 million, according to the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper claim that Arsene Wenger is banking on the prospect of UEFA Champions League football to entice the Uruguayan away from the club, and with Suarez keen to depart Anfield this summer, the Gunners appear to be in pole position for his signature.
Real Madrid’s interest appears to have cooled somewhat, with La Liga’s runners up having splurged almost £64 million on Asier Illarramendi, Isco, Daniel Carvajal and Casemiro already this summer.
However, despite Suarez’s clear desire to leave Liverpool, the Reds are standing firm in their stance that they do not want to allow their prize asset to depart Anfield.
“This is something we will control. This situation will not be controlled by the player,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
“I am very strong on the values of the club, where we are and how we operate.
“Football and society is different nowadays, the [transfer] market is totally different and players can create different ways to open it up.
“But I have always said that there is no player bigger than Liverpool Football Club and that is something we are very strong on.
“Do I expect him to stay? Very much so. A lot has been said in the off season, but the reality is that he is very much a player of importance.
“Every player has a value and a worth, but it doesn’t mean we are going to sell him.”
That position may change should Liverpool receive a renewed bid of £40 million.