Report: Suarez saga “about to get messy” as agent pushes for price-tag

The Luis Suarez transfer saga “will get messy” soon if Arsenal up their offer, according to the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe.

Luis Suarez

Bascombe says the Uruguayan’s representatives will feel they are closer to securing a new club for the forward when a £40million offer is placed to test Liverpool’s resolve.

Suarez has been the subject of increasing speculation this summer, with the striker making it clear he wants to play Champions League football next campaign.

Whilst Chelsea and Real Madrid are said to be preparing bids for Suarez, it is only Arsenal who have made a formal approach so far, seeing a £30million bid turned down by the Reds last week.

Bascombe writes in Wednesday morning’s paper:

Should Arsenal make a ­second bid, it will inevitably be above £35 million in order to eclipse the opening offer. Most likely, Wenger will agree to pay £40 million for Suárez to keep ahead of Real Madrid and other suitors in the chase for the striker. It will be at that point the saga will get messy as Liverpool try to resist Suárez’s sale regardless of the contract clause.

However, Bascombe reiterated Managing Director Ian Ayre’s comments on Monday – that the club are still hopeful of keeping hold of Suarez, as they struggle to attract world class players without Champions League football to offer.

Dominic King in the Daily Mail says, similarly to Bascombe, that Suarez’s agent is confident a £40million offer would start to swing the exit door open for the 26-year-old.

Arsenal are the only club to have made a bid for Suarez so far but even if they returned with a £35m offer, as has been mooted, it will not sway Liverpool, who arrive in Jakarta on Wednesday and are under no pressure to sell him.

Suarez is scheduled to begin pre-season training by meeting the rest of the Liverpool squad in Australia next week, where they play Melbourne Victory in a pre-season friendly.

He was give extended summer break after playing in the FIFA Confederations Cup for his country last month. Yesterday he was included in Brendan Rodgers’ 27-man squad for the trip Down Under and to the Far East.

Despite what seems like his impending departure from Merseyside which will leave a sour taste in the mouth, Suarez has provided many joyous occasions for Liverpool supporters.

Neil Poole discusses in his latest article on This Is Anfield why Luis Suarez just make a Buddhist out of you.

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