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Liverpool have seen heartache over their attempts to keep Luis Suarez this summer. After he joined them for pre-season following his extended break due to his involvement in Uruguay’s Confederations Cup campaign, Suarez had been showing signs of disinterest and displeasure. Once Arsenal had bid a pound above £40 million to the Merseyside club, the mercurial Uruguayan was trying everything in his power to manufacture a move out. It was said that Suarez’s representatives were ready to go to arbitration over the meaning of a clause that Arsenal had activated once they submitted the aforementioned bid.

Suarez’s camp thought that the clause meant that the forward would be allowed a move since Liverpool didn’t qualify for Champions League football next season. However, in good news for Liverpool fans, the Daily Mirror reports that Suarez’s people won’t be going to the Premier League for arbitration regarding the issue and have conceded that the only implication of the clause is that Liverpool have to inform Suarez about the bid. This is making the Liverpool board ask for an exorbitant £55 million fee for Suarez  from the Gunners, as they do not want to sell their best player to a Premier League rival. With three years left in Suarez’s contract, Liverpool now seemingly have the upper hand in the matter.

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Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez are two of the Premier League’s best players, and both could be on the move this summer. Both were talismans for their respective sides last season, and both were linked to Real Madrid this summer. While the Suarez link for Los Blancos has gone cold since then, Florentino Perez is doing everything in his power to bring the Welsh winger to the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid have reportedly placed a bid of £85 million for Bale, and while Daniel Levy is being diffident as usual, a bid close to £100 million will be extremely difficult to turn down.

Metro today reports that a sensational transfer battle could be in the offing should Levy sell Bale, as Tottenham will then compete with Arsenal for the signature of Luis Suarez. The mercurial Uruguayan is desperate to leave Anfield this summer and the Gunners have already had two bids rejected for the player. While Tottenham had reportedly agreed a deal for Roberto Soldado, the massive cash influx they will get from the sale of Bale has forced them to look at unsettled Suarez as an option. They will probably be able to outbid Arsenal for Suarez because of the proceeds from Bale’s sale.

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The drama surrounding Arsenal’s effort to snatch Luis Suarez from the vice grip of Liverpool is no closer to resolution, with reports in the Daily Mirror indicating that the whole saga now has a distinct possibility of being dragged down to the Premier League’s arbitration council.

Arsenal have made a club record £40 million plus £1 bid for Suarez, which has in effect activated a complicated clause in his contract. While the Reds hold firm to their belief that the clause only obligates them to inform the player and his agent about the bid, the player’s agent believes that the clause is enough to warrant Suarez a way out of Anfield and into the arms of a hopeful Arsene Wenger. With no resolution in sight, the decision of a higher authority could be sought and the drama could boil down to the very last day of the transfer window.

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All the headlines nowadays are about Luis Suarez’s possible move to Arsenal. The mercurial Uruguayan had indicated his desire to leave Anfield earlier this summer. Following Arsenal’s bid in excess of 40 million pounds, Suarez and his camp are at loggerheads with Liverpool as the Kop board refuse to let him leave. The Uruguayan forward is said to seem disinterested in Liverpool’s pre-season games, and is looking to leave in pursuit of Champions League football. Arsenal would be able to offer him that should they pass through qualifiers next month.

Many people connected to Liverpool have questioned a move to the Emirates for Suarez. The Daily Mirror reports that Kop legend Michael Owen is one such critic, who believes it would make more sense for the current Liverpool talisman to leave for the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona. Owen says that “from Suarez’s point of view, you can understand him if he wants to reach the absolute pinnacle of the game – that’s playing in the Champions League”. However, he questions Arsenal’s chances in the competition, asking “can you really see Arsenal winning the Champions League next season, or going into the later stages?” Owen believes it isn’t possible unless they buy a few more players.

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Summer transfer windows for Arsenal in recent years are mainly regarded as failures. This one promised to be different. Arsene Wenger was promised the biggest transfer budget during his time with the Gunners this summer, but Arsenal have failed miserably thus far. Gonzalo Higuain, so close to joining the Gunners, is slated to join Napoli very soon after agreeing personal terms. Wayne Rooney, another target for Wenger, is more likely to join Chelsea should Manchester United let him leave. Arsenal’s only possible chance for a blockbuster signing remains Luis Suarez.

Arsene Wenger recently had a press conference in which he officially stated his interest for the mercurial Uruguayan. However, he states that Arsenal “are not close to signing Suarez or anybody else”. ‘Le Prof’ states that Suarez’s possible arrival “looks unlikely before the Emirates Cup (next weekend), but we still have a strong squad”. Arsenal fans have been frustrated over the lack of signings this summer, and even players from the Arsenal squad have spoken over the need for reinforcements.

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Liverpool continue to insist Luis Suarez is not for sale. The Reds' Managing Director Ian Ayre is the latest to give his assessment of the situation and he has firmly told Luis Suarez is going nowhere.

Speaking to reporters in Bangkok he said, “It has never been our intention to sell Luis. As has been widely reported in the media, we've received two separate offers for the player and we've rejected both offers. So, our situation remains the same and Luis Suarez remains a Liverpool player. He's here in Thailand as part of our squad”.

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When Suarez first talked of his desire to leave Anfield this summer, he cited his rocky relationship with the English media as a main reason. Real Madrid was reported to be his preferred destination, but Los Blancos haven’t expressed a serious interest in the mercurial Uruguayan yet. The only club to do so are Arsenal, who recently made a bid of a pound above 40 million for the controversial forward. It is understood that Suarez is now keen to join the Gunners, who will be able to offer him Champions League football. Arsenal are also said to be ready to offer Suarez a 5 year, 150,000 pounds a week deal, making him easily the highest earner at the Emirates should he join.

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