Wenger agrees to up Arsenal offer for Suarez but still short of Liverpool valuation

Arsene Wenger will offer Liverpool £40m to make Luis Suarez an Arsenal player, ESPN has reported, but his Anfield counterpart Brendan Rodgers values the Uruguayan higher still – at £55m.

Arsenal have already had a bid of £30m turned down and were understood to be coming back to the table with a £35m approach, but Liverpool were said to be holding out for £40m, a figure stipulated by a clause in the forward’s contract – although the exact reading of the clause is disputed by Suarez’s agent, Pare Guardiola, and his employers.

Rodgers however compared Suarez to his compatriot Edinson Cavani, who has just left Napoli for Paris Saint-Germain. “When you consider Edinson Cavani has gone for £55m, Luis is up there in that bracket of top talent. Arsenal’s was an offer we didn’t deem worthy of the talent,” Rodgers said.

There’s no guarantee Luis would be sold even for that because we are trying to build something – we don’t have to sell,” the former Swansea City boss continued. “We’re prepared to spend and get people in without having to sell him. The reality is we have had one offer. So there can be as much speculation as you like, there’s been nothing beyond that.

Wenger has spent much of the summer attempting to bolster his front line, with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain a previous target in a deal that could yet be resurrected, with Wayne Rooney also on the Gunners’ agenda.

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