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Around 2 weeks ago, it looked certain that Gonzalo Higuain would be an Arsenal player. The chances of that happening have diminished day by day, with Arsenal coincidentally upping their interest in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the process. It is incredibly strange how the deal for Higuain has fallen through, considering personal terms and an informal agreement with Madrid had reportedly been agreed by Arsenal.

Yesterday, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis said on Twitter that the Partenopei were working to bring Higuain and Leandro Damiao to Naples. However, The Times reports today that Real Madrid have told both Arsenal and Napoli the Argentine forward will cost 37 million pounds. This type of astronomical fee for a player who isn’t a regular Madrid starter would certainly justify Arsenal moving their attention to Luis Suarez.

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Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal last year after winning the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier, and his first season with the Gunners has been one of adaptation. Despite this, he still managed to get a decent outlay of 17 goals and 10 assists. He has been prolific in Arsenal’s tour of Asia, scoring 5 goals in 2 games. However, the fact that Arsenal are on the lookout for a world class forward this summer indicates that Wenger is still not convinced that Giroud can lead the line all by himself.

Arsenal have been linked to the likes of Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain this summer, with Suarez emerging as the Gunners’ main transfer target in recent weeks. It is widely expected that should Arsenal get Suarez, the Uruguayan forward will serve to compete with Giroud over the lone striker’s role in Wenger’s 4-3-3 system. However, the Metro reports that Giroud believes a partnership could be possible between him and the mercurial Uruguayan.

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Arsenal are said to be the only club to have bid for Luis Suarez this summer, as confirmed by Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre. However, the Gunners’ offer was instantly rejected, and it is rumoured that it will take 40 million pounds to pressurize Liverpool into giving Suarez’ suitors a shot at signing him. It could take a lot more though with Liverpool having sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for 50 million pounds in 2011. The Merseyside club rate Suarez even higher than Torres, meaning a mammoth transfer fee might be required.

However, the Telegraph reports that should Arsenal’s bid reach 40 million pounds, Suarez’s camp will have enough leeway to engineer a move away from Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep the Uruguayan, with the club struggling to get a suitable replacement due to the lack of Champions League football on offer at Anfield. In fact, it is due to the absence of European football that has caused Suarez to consider leaving the Merseyside in the first place. Suarez has spoken about how dealing with the English media is difficult if there is no payoff in competing for trophies or qualifying for the Champions League.

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It seems that Arsenal’s bid for Luis Suarez has prompted Real Madrid to finally act on their long-reported interest in the Uruguayan star. New Madrid gaffer Carlo Ancelotti sees Suarez as a better option than his current set of strikers, including another Gunners target Gonzalo Higuain, and is keen to bring the mercurial forward to the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal could risk losing both targets by bidding for Suarez despite the deal for Higuain being near complete, with Real Madrid offering Liverpool 10 million pounds plus Gonzalo Higuain for Liverpool’s talisman. However, it is understood that Liverpool are not interested in Higuain and would probably reject the offer should it arrive. They are understood to prefer 40 million pounds in cash to part ways with the Uruguayan. While Liverpool are doing everything in their power to keep Suarez at Anfield, it is understood that they are aware of the striker’s desire to leave the club and would consider selling to Real Madrid if they met their valuation of the player.

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Wenger set to get new 3-year contract

Arsene Wenger had a busy Friday in Asia, attending press conferences, where he spent the bulk of his time dodging questions about his interest in Luis Suarez and Marouane Fellaini. While both those stories are worth reading, the Daily Mail reports this morning that Monsieur Wenger is set to put pen to paper on a new 3 year contract worth £7.5 million a year that will keep him at the Emirates for a few more years. And yes if you were wondering, that will mean Wenger's salary will be more than any of his players!

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Arsene Wenger has now provided further fodder to the rumor mills after tactfully refusing to rule out Arsenal’s interest in the Liverpool hotshot.

Speaking at a press conference after their arrival in Indonesia, Wenger in reply to questions pertaining to Arsenal’s attempts at enamoring Suarez said, “Suarez? As you know the transfer period demands secrets and confidentiality, so I can't answer the question."

Wenger’s refusal to entertain questions on Suarez could quite possibly mean that the administrators at the Emirates Stadium are still working behind close doors to improve on their initial bid of £30 million for the Uruguayan bad boy, a fact confirmed by reports in the London Evening Standard.

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Liverpool have finally opened up to the possibility that controversial Uruguayan marksman Luis Suarez might leave Anfield this summer, with attention drawn to Galatasaray hitman Burak Yilmaz. Yilmaz was recently reported to be a target for Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho describing the player as “world class”.

Yilmaz came to prominence in Europe after being crowned top scorer in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage last season, tying with Cristiano Ronaldo but scoring in lesser time with 6 goals. His highlights in the competition were a hat trick against CFR Cluj and scoring the solitary goal against Manchester United, driving Gala to the Champions League knockout stage. He has been one of the most prolific forwards in Europe last season, scoring 32 goals in 39 appearances.

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