Liverpool turn down Arsenal offer for Suarez

Liverpool have rejected a £30m offer from Arsenal for Luis Suarez, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The newspaper adds that with Suarez making plain his discontent throughout the summer so far, Liverpool were ready for offers from interested parties – but the bid by the Gunners was not expected, with Real Madrid previously considered the most likely side to test the Reds’ resolve to keep the Uruguayan.

Suarez has claimed to be unhappy in English football after press coverage of a number of incidents he has been involved in, including the charge he racially abused Patrice Evra, for which he received an eight-game ban, and the biting of Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez is in the middle of a 10-game suspension for the altercation with the Chelsea defender.

Nevertheless Liverpool insist they will not sell Suarez and the Telegraph adds there is no reason to believe Suarez would want to join Arsenal. However, it is speculated that if Arsenal return with a second offer, worth closer to £40m, then Liverpool could have little choice to give Suarez permission to speak with Arsene Wenger.

The Telegraph also suggests that Arsenal’s move for Suarez is an attempt to force Real Madrid’s hand over Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentina striker who has been close to a switch to north London. Madrid have stalled on selling Higuain to Arsenal but by moving for Madrid’s preferred target, Suarez, Arsenal may push Madrid into bidding for the Liverpool player and then consenting to selling Higuain.

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