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Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez has looked more likely to occur by the day. Ever since Arsenal bid a pound above 40 million for the Uruguayan forward, thus activating a key clause in his contract, Liverpool’s stance over the forward has softened. Earlier this summer, Brendan Rodgers spoke about how Suarez was not for sale at any cost. Now, Liverpool have conceded that the mercurial striker could leave Anfield, and are said to let the forward go for a higher offer. A rumoured reason for this is Suarez’s apparent willingness to even hand in a transfer request if need be.

Should the striker move to the Emirates, former Montpellier talisman Olivier Giroud’s position will be under scrutiny. However, the Daily Mirror reports that Giroud is not worried about competition, and in fact is very optimistic about the possible arrival of Suarez. Giroud says that Arsenal need “maybe two or three more players” to “show ambition”.

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With Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez keen on a move to Arsenal, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Udinese forward Luis Muriel as a player who could fill the void left by Suarez's departure, Daily Star reports. Suarez, who has been the subject of much transfer speculation this summer following an excellent season for Liverpool, has received a bid of 40 million (plus one) pounds from Arsenal.

Arsenal's bid for the striker triggered a clause in his contract which requires the club to inform him of the bid, which would allow Suarez to hold talks with the club. However, despite Liverpool holding out for a bid in the region of 50 million pounds, they have perhaps resigned to the fact that they are going to lose their star forward. Having signed striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, Rodgers recognizes the need for another player to share the goalscoring burden after losing Suarez, who scored a large percentage of Liverpool's goals last season.

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Last night, Arsenal had made a bid of exactly a pound above 40 million to activate a key clause in Luis Suarez’s Liverpool contract. It is expected that Suarez will use this as leverage to force a move out of Anfield. Should Suarez join the Gunners, it is expected that he will be the central striker in Wenger’s preferred 4-3-3 formation. However, one of Suarez’s key attributes is his versatility, making him capable of playing anywhere in the front three. For Uruguay, he plays as left forward at times and excels in the role.

Should Wenger identify Suarez’s role in the team as a left forward, a possibility considering Olivier Giroud’s crackling pre-season form, it would be at the expense of Lukas Podolski. However, the Daily Mail reports that the German international doesn’t worry about the fact that he could be spending time on the bench should Suarez come. In fact, Podolski is very excited about Suarez’s possible arrival, saying that the Uruguayan “scored a lot of goals so he’s a big striker”. Podolski has said that he wants “to play with the best players in the world but I’m not scared about big names because it helps the team and it helps me to help the team when we play together”.

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With reports of Napoli having a bid accepted for Gonzalo Higuain, Arsene Wenger was aware that transfer business regarding Suarez had to be done quickly because of a domino effect that is to follow. With Real Madrid getting a cash influx from the sale of Higuain, they would have enough funds to presumably make a serious bid for Luis Suarez. Higuain was a player Arsenal were looking at earlier this summer, but the Gunners could not agree a fee with Madrid. Arsenal are facing the serious possibility of losing out on all their top summer targets.

However, Arsenal have responded in emphatic and sly fashion. The Daily Mirror are reporting that the Gunners have made a bid of exactly one pound above 40 million for Suarez, triggering an integral clause in the mercurial Uruguayan’s contract. A lot of debate has occurred over the exact details of this clause. It has emerged that a bid above 40 million pounds will cause Liverpool to inform Suarez about the bid. Suarez has voiced his desire to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football, and it is understood that this bid will get Suarez to force a move out of Liverpool. Arsenal have apparently offered the controversial striker a 5 year, 150,000 pounds a week contract.

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Luis Suarez has repeatedly stated his desire to leave Anfield this summer, while Liverpool have taken a hard stance regarding the Uruguayan. They have recently rejected a 30 million pound bid from Arsenal, while Real Madrid are also interested in the mercurial forward. Suarez was on extended leave due to his involvement in Uruguay’s Confederations Cup campaign, and reached Melbourne yesterday to join Liverpool’s pre-season tour.

The Telegraph reports that Suarez arrived half a day earlier than his Liverpool teammates, who flew in from Indonesia after their win against the national team. It is expected that he is to have clear-the-air talks with Brendan Rodgers once both of them meet face to face. Suarez was bombarded by reporters when he landed at Melbourne’s international airport, but he refused to comment on any questions asked. One such question which Suarez had no comment to was “Liverpool fans should still be buying your shirt?”

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The Luis Suarez transfer saga is about to hit a boiling point, with the Uruguayan set to come back to report for Liverpool’s pre-season this weekend. It was understood that Real Madrid was his preferred destination after falling out with the English press, but it is said that Madrid only value him at £25 million. This is a figure that Liverpool will never accept, and the club closest to fulfilling his actual value is Arsenal.

The Daily Mirror reports that Suarez will ask Liverpool to let him leave after news that Arsenal are willing to bid £40 million for him. The mercurial striker is ready to adjust his expectations, and would be willing to become a Gunner as they will be able to offer him Champions League football should they glide past the qualifiers. He had recently also said that he is flattered by Arsenal’s interest in him.

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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.

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