Arsenal stepped up their attempts to lure Luis Suarez to the Emirates Stadium by bidding £40,000,001 for the Liverpool forward, according to BBC Sport.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis made the bid via a telephone call to Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre, which was automatically rejected.
Liverpool insists Suarez is not for sale and will not be sold this summer.
Suarez signed a four-year contract worth £100,000-a-week last summer but a clause in his contract states the player must be informed by any bid over £40m.
The one pound extra triggered this clause in the Uruguayan's contract.
Triggering the clauses means Suarez can push for talks over a move the Emirates if he wishes too.
Arsenal are set to miss out on the Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, who has agreed to join Napoli.
They have now turned their attentions to Suarez, but Arsenal have already had two bids rejected.
Brendan Rodgers has placed Suarez in the same price range as fellow countryman Edinson Cavani, who was recently sold for £55.6m.
Suarez scored 30 goals in 44 appearances for Liverpool last season and is a proven Premier League goalscorer.
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