Arsenal may be on the verge of signing Luis Suarez, as Uruguayan journalist and friend of the want-away-striker Martin Charquero claims a deal is close.

It is widely known that Luis Suarez wants to leave Liverpool after he gave numerous interviews stating his desire to play in the Champions League as well as his annoyance with the English media.

It was believed Suarez would be on his way to Real Madrid as the Spanish giants were thought to be his first choice.

However, after Liverpool received a bid from the Gunners, the Uruguayan admitted he was flattered to be wanted by Arsenal.

A £30 million initial bid was rejected, but it has been no secret that Suarez has become Arsene Wenger's first choice transfer target, however, we now await news on Arsenal's second bid - thought to have been increased to a total of £40 million. 

Chaquero tweeted that: "Luis Suarez is very close to Arsenal". 

As this journalist from South America is close with Suarez and has interviewed the 26-year-old many times this summer, it seems unlikely he would jeopardise his position and affiliation with Suarez over such a bold statement if it didn't have any truth to it. 

How true it is, and how soon a deal would be completed is unknown, but it seems the only sticking point is whether Arsenal and Liverpool can agree a fee, with the striker happy to move to the Emirates and Arsenal able to afford his wages.

Meanwhile, previous favourites for the striker, Real Madrid, have yet to make an offer, with previous reports suggesting they didn't value him even close to Liverpool's asking price, leaving Arsenal as the only real contenders.

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