The race to sign Luis Suarez has taken a sensation turn with Arsenal making a fresh move to land the want-away striker.
According to reports in the Daily Mail and a number of other English publications Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubber-stamped an offer for the striker in excess of £40 million.
Reports differ on the fee with the Mail breaking it down as £35 million upfront with £7 in add-ons while the Guardian and Telegraph claiming that the actual bid is in fact £40,000,001.
Either-way the sum is a club record for Arsenal and more importantly it triggers a clause meaning that Liverpool has to inform Suarez of the deal.
While the club are only obliged to let the player know of this latest offer, a clear indication of how much Arsenal want the 26 year old, it would appear that the Gunners will have to up their bid further with Liverpool rejecting outright the latest offer.
Despite the player expressing a desire to join Real Madrid earlier in the summer, Arsenal remains the only club to make an official bid for the player with Wenger believing that the mercurial but controversial star can help the club to their first Premier League title since 2004.
While this latest offer could have an unsettling effect on Suarez and no doubt Arsenal will be hopeful that the player submits a transfer request in order to force through a move to London, Liverpool’s resolve to keep the player is making negotiations difficult.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is due to speak to the player after the club’s friendly in Melbourne and the former Swansea manager will spell out the club’s stance whilst also attempting to appease the player with his vision for the future of the club.
Rodgers tough attitude has received the backing of the club’s owner FSG and with manager and club placing his true value at closer to the £55 million that PSG paid for Edinson Cavani Arsenal would appear to have their work cut out if they to seal a deal.
Should Arsenal’s determination push them close to that mark then not only would they break their club record they would also smash the £50 million Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.
Wenger’s desire to sign Suarez could see him miss out on Gonzalo Higuain with fresh reports claiming that Napoli are closing in on a £31 million deal for the Argentine striker.
The 25 year old was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates earlier in the summer but the club have now cooled their interest as they chase top target Suarez.