Arsenal are ready to make a third bid of £42.5m for Luis Suarez with reports claiming the Gunners want him on board by the end of the week, according to reports in Mirror.
Liverpool rejected the latest bid of £40million plus £1 for the wantaway striker last week and have suggested it will take closer to £50million to prize him away from Anfield.
However, Arsenal are refusing to give up in the battle to land Suarez and are ready to raise their bid again to £42.5million in the hope that will be enough to convince Liverpool to sell.
Suarez held talks over his future with the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the chief executive Ian Ayre on Thursday. The club’s refusal to discuss how the meeting went has been interpreted by Arsenal as a positive sign for them. If Suarez had indicated any willingness to stay at Anfield, then Liverpool would have been expected to publicize it.
Arsenal’s strategy when they made their second offer for Suarez of one pound over £40m on Tuesday was to put pressure on a clause in the Uruguayan’s contract, which they were led to believe would permit him to open negotiations with them and, effectively, force the player’s hand. They would love to see him agitate for the move, although a written transfer request may be too much for them to hope for.
Arsenal’s previous bid was made to open a clause in Suarez’s contract. Since then, much debate has been made as to what the clause was Suarez’s agent and Liverpool appear to have contrasting views on what the clause exactly means.
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One side seems to think Arsenal are now entitled to talk with the player and, should terms be agreed, Liverpool are obliged to sell. The other side sees it differently. Until there is a resolution, I see any further bid from Arsenal as hugely unlikely.
I think we’ll have to wait to see whether Arsenal will go in with a higher bid. Arsenal can take their time on the Suarez transfer because he still has to serve a 6 match ban. The squad needs to be reinforced in other areas, and I see no reason for delaying other transfers because we don’t have much time on them.
Suarez’s transfer had the unfortunate effect of splitting Arsenal’s fans in two. One half felt the signing was inspired and that a Premier League challenge, if not a title, was guaranteed. The other half, however, felt their club had been rash in the transfer market and had paid over the odds for a troublemaker.
Whose side are you on?