Anfield club do not wish to strengthen a direct top four rival.
Arsenal chances of signing Luis Suarez appear to be fading after Liverpool informed the Gunners they have no intention of selling the Uruguayan to a direct rival under any circumstances, reports The Times.
The Anfield club rejected Arsenal’s £40,000,001 bid for the 26-year-old this week and, contrary to reports, have not granted the forward permission to speak with the North London outfit.
The Gunners believed the bid would trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract but the Reds interpret that clause differently and boss Brendan Rodgers values the former Ajax man in the same range as his international teammate Edinson Cavani, who joined PSG from Napoli for £54m earlier this month.
Suarez could yet change the situation by handing in a transfer request but Liverpool have told Arsenal they do not wish to weaken themselves and strengthen a direct rival, and the Reds hierarchy are only likely to reconsider if they receive an offer they cannot refuse.
Real Madrid have also been linked with the Uruguay international and the player is said to prefer a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Los Blancos still undecided about whether to bid for the player.