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Liverpool demand £55 million for Suarez after Arsenal agree to pay £40m

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Arsene Wenger dumped his pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain earlier this month, apparently due to Real Madrid’s shiftiness over the price. This made the Gunners look at Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, who was in the PFA Team of the Year last season and was 2nd in the Premier League goals tally after former Gunner Robin van Persie.

An initial bid of £30 million was rejected by the Merseyside club, with £40 million expected to possibly force Liverpool to come to the negotiation table. Yesterday, it was rumoured that Wenger, known in some quarters of Arsenal support as ‘miserly’, had finally agreed to splurge £40 million on the controversial Uruguayan, who is currently serving a ban in the Premier League for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

Today, The Sun reports that Liverpool are likely to reject that offer as well, with the Merseyside club valuing Suarez at the price his international compatriot Edinson Cavani went to PSG for, £55 million. However, Brendan Rodgers has said that “there’s no guarantee Luis would be sold even for that because we are trying to build something”. Liverpool have always indicated their desire to keep the mercurial striker at Anfield.

Unless Suarez submits a transfer request, the Reds are under no real pressure to sell, with 3 years remaining on their talisman’s contract. However, it is understood that should Arsenal bid £40 million, Suarez’s camp will pressurize Liverpool into a move, with the striker desiring Champions League football.

After having seemingly missed out on Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain, a major backlash from Arsenal fans is expected if the Gunners fail to land any of the glamorous transfer targets they have been linked with. The club has consistently boasted about their new-found financial muscle, but tangible results are yet to be seen.