Arsenal appear set to be thwarted in their attempts to sign Luis Suarez after Liverpool reportedly informed the north London clubs they would not consider selling the striker to a club consider to be a rival.
Suarez has been the subject of two bids from the Gunners, both of which have been rejected by Liverpool, and The Times now claims any further bids from Arsenal are set to prove futile.
Liverpool are reported to have told Arsenal that they have no intention of allowing Suarez to join a club competing with them directly for a Champions League spot, regardless of the Gunners' willingness to meet his asking price.
Ian Ayre, managing director of the Anfield club, meanwhile told reporters on Friday that Suarez is not for sale under any circumstances.
"The situation with Luis Suárez remains the same. It's never been our intention to sell Luis," Ayre said before a friendly in Thailand.
"As has been widely reported in the media we've received two separate offers from Arsenal for the player and we've rejected those offers. Luis remains a Liverpool player and is here with us in Thailand as part of our squad."
Arsenal's most recent bid for £40,000,001 Suarez was made in the belief it would trigger the release clause written into the player's contract, but Liverpool are reported to have a different interpretation of the Suarez's deal with them.
The Gunners hoped they would be able to speak to the player, regardless of Liverpool's rejection of the offer, but the 26-year-old was not granted permission to discuss personal terms with Arsenal.