Arsenal will have to spend big to land the Uruguayan.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Arsenal that striking target Luis Suarez is worth £55m just like new Paris Saint-Germain signing Edinson Cavani.
Rodgers is still adamant that Suarez is staying at Anfield and that it will take a huge bid like that of Cavani’s for the Reds to even entertain the idea.
“We are totally in control of the situation. It is one where we don’t have to sell. He has got three years left on his contract,” the 40-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.
“We are prepared to get some players in and spend money without having to sell Luis Suarez. The reality is that we have had one offer.
“It was an offer for what they [Arsenal] considered his value and worth. Obviously for a player of his quality, when you consider that Cavani has gone for £55m you know… Luis is up there in that bracket of top talent.
“Obviously it was an offer we didn’t deem worthy of the talent and even if they came back with that kind of amount [£55m] there’s no guarantee he would be sold even for that because we are trying to build something here.
“We don’t want to sell Luis Suarez as we are just trying to improve the squad. You come into Liverpool, one of the giants of the world, and even though we are not where we want to be yet, we are on our way there, no question about that.”
The Merseyside club confirmed that the Gunners made a bid for Suarez that was turned down by the side earlier in the month.
Yet despite the controversial nature of the 26-year-old, Rodgers is understandably keen to keep hold of the Uruguay international with the forward scoring 23 Premier League goals last season.
In fact with 51 goals and 29 assists in 96 matches for the Reds, the Northern Irishman wants to build the team around the South American and not sell the club’s most prized asset.