Arsenal are determined to push for deal to sign Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, and are set to raise their offer to £35million, according to reports.
The Gunners saw a £30million bid for the Uruguayan international declined by the Reds at the weekend, with Liverpool hopeful of getting at least £40million should Suarez leave this summer.
Suarez himself spoke out on the speculation to the press in Uruguay this week in reaction to Arsenal‘s offer, saying one or two more clubs are interested in his services.
Suarez wants to play Champions League football, something Liverpool can’t offer him, but Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid, the three clubs said to be in the race for him, can.
Metro report this afternoon (Wednesday):
The Gunners were initially knocked back by Liverpool after their opening £30m offer, but are expected to return to the table after the Uruguayan’s recent radio interview where he admitted he was flattered by the north Londoners’ interest.
They also suggest that Real Madrid are preparing a bid for £39.5million.
Goal.com also report:
There were reports on Monday that Arsenal had made a £30m bid for Suarez, and sources have told Goal that the club will pay up to £35m for the Uruguayan.
Suarez himself is yet to hand in a transfer request, but seems increasingly like he wants to find a new club before he is due to return to Liverpool‘s pre-season training later this month.
Suarez’s fellow countryman, football pundit and former Brighton boss Gus Poyet believes Suarez should either stay at Anfield or leave the Premier League, where he has often explained he is unhappy.
“If I was Suarez, I would either stay at Liverpool or leave England for good,” Poyet told Uruguayan radio station Sport890, with quotes translated by the Daily Express.
“Him going to Arsenal won’t change a thing. If he wants to move, it’s probably because of the way the media treats him as a Liverpool player, but that won’t change if he moves to another club in England.
“If it’s just for the sake of playing in the Champions League [possible Arsenal move], well, that’s up to Luis to decide.
“But I’d be a lot more drastic: I’d stay put at Liverpool or leave England all together.”