Liverpool inform Arsenal of Suarez price tag with second bid expected

Liverpool have told Arsenal they must agree to pay £40m if they are to sign Luis Suarez, the Daily Mirror has reported, and the Gunners are expected to return with a second bid for the Uruguay international.

Arsenal have already had an offer in the region of £30m rejected but will return with a second attempt – despite Liverpool insisting they do not want to let Suarez leave. That is despite Suarez repeatedly suggesting he wants out of Anfield, with Arsenal joined by the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Real Madrid as eyeing up the former Ajax captain.

Despite Liverpool’s not-for-sale stance, the Mirror claims they have set a price for the forward, much as they did with Fernando Torres in January 2011 – but want Suarez to hand in a formal transfer request. But if Arsenal return with a £40m offer, Liverpool will discuss the transfer with Arsene Wenger’s side.

Suarez however is thought to favour leaving English football altogether, with Madrid his preferred destination. And Madrid are central to Arsenal’s interest in Suarez as the north London club’s first target, Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, could now stay in La Liga after new Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti indicated the Argentine was part of his plans.

Higuain would have been replaced at the Santiago Bernabeu by Suarez but if Higuain remains at his current club then that exit is likely closed to Suarez. Higuain’s move to Arsenal originally stalled after Madrid held out for a transfer fee in excess of the £23m originally offered by Wenger.

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