Liverpool striker Suarez top transfer target for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made signing Liverpool’s want-away striker Luis Suarez his priority for the summer, the Daily Mirror has reported, after the Gunners’ move for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain hit the buffers.

Wenger has already seen one bid for the Uruguay international rejected but is expected to make an improved offer this week, the newspaper claims, but Arsenal are likely to face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City. Suarez’s willingness to consider a move to another Premier League team marks a change in his position after originally suggesting he wanted out of English football altogether.

Real Madrid are still said to be Suarez’s preferred destination but despite speculation the Spanish side are interested in the former Ajax captain, they have yet to make an offer. But Arsenal’s willingness to pay upwards of £35m could push Liverpool into doing a deal for their unsettled attacker.

New Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is understood to want to keep Higuain at the Santiago Bernabeu, jeopardising the agreement the Argentine has in place with Arsenal – at a time when Wenger feels the chance of nabbing Suarez is greatest, despite Brendan Rodgers insisting Suarez is not for sale. The Mirror suggests Arsenal would have to top £40m to sign Suarez.

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