Reports emerged Wednesday morning that despite having made a second bid for Luis Suarez, Arsenal have seen their approach rejected by Liverpool yet again.
It is understood that Arsenal made an unusual bid of £40,000,001, designed to activate a clause in his contract. Having joined for £22.7m from Ajax during the January window of 2011, Liverpool could be looking at doubling their money on the troublesome talisman should Arsenal continue their chase.
But due to the terms of his contract with the Merseyside club, Liverpool do not have to accept any offers over £40m. The club merely need to consider the bid and inform the 26-year-old striker that the offer has been made.
Having seen their second offer rejected, it remains to be seen if Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will continue to persist in his chase for the Uruguayan, who is still the subject of interest from Real Madrid, having spoken of his desire to leave Liverpool earlier this summer.
Despite his troubles, including his shocking bite on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of last season, Suarez is a key figure in the Liverpool line-up. Should he remain at Anfield, he will still miss the first six games of the new season as he finishes serving his 10 match ban for the offence.
With a hefty goal tally last season that saw him score 30 goals in 44 games, it is little wonder that manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep hold of the talented forward. But with the latest bid from Arsenal, he could see the offers rise from the London club, or other reported suitors, such as Real Madrid.
Suarez has recently joined up with the squad on their tour of Australia after being given extended leave following the Confederations Cup. His manager has already spoken of his valuation of Suarez, comparing him to Paris Saint-Germain's new signing Edinson Cavani, in terms of importance and value.
But it now remains to be seen if Arsenal and Wenger agree with the opinion of Rodgers and up their bid for the free-scoring striker.
With Madrid yet to make a formal offer, Arsenal are the only runners in the race at this present moment in time.
With Suarez aware that this offer has been made for his services, and now subsequently rejected, it remains to be seen if the Uruguayan international has anything to say on this matter himself.
But at present, he remains in a Liverpool shirt, and given his goalscoring form last season, all Merseysiders that are on the red side of the city will be hoping this will still be the case come the start of the new Premier League season.
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