Emirates Stadium side look set to welcome in Anfield striker.
Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as the North London side prepare to make an offer that meets the Anfield side’s valuation.
CaughtOffside understands that the Emirates Stadium side will offer £40m for the 26 year old Uruguayan, a portion of which will be tied into the amount of appearances he makes for the club but will not include a sell on clause.
Arsene Wenger is determined to win the race to sign the former Ajax man and has received the backing of his board to make an offer more than double the club’s transfer record fee and have moved very close to securing a move to bring the Liverpool man to Arsenal.
The Gunners boss has been handed a transfer war-chest said to be in excess of £70m and has stated on numerous occasions that he has the funds to make a ‘Marquee’ signing this summer, the club’s coffers no doubt being boosted by a recent sponsorship deal secured with sportswear company Puma as well as an improved deal with Emirates said to be to the tune of £150m.
Wenger has also been backed in his push to break the club’s wage ceiling so as to be better placed to make wage offers in keeping with those being dished out at other high ranking Premier League side and the Arsenal boss is said to be readying an offer of around £150k a week which Luis Suarez is said to be ready to sign.
Initially Luis Suarez has elected to cite issues relating to press intrusion and his feeling of a sense of victimization at the hands of the English FA, who have hit the Liverpool striker with two sizable bans for following his apparent racially abusing of Man United full-back Patrice Evra and last season’s biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Following Arsenal’s opening bid for his services Luis Suarez’s agent made specific mention of his client’s desire to play Champions League football as a key factor in his decision to so publicly execute a departure from the Mereyside club he joined back in January 2011.
Liverpool are not thought to have any issue with selling Suarez to a fellow Premier League side, clearly there is evidence to support this not being a stumbling block when you consider the club’s willingness to accept an offer from Chelsea for their then most bankable asset Fernando Torres.
Liverpool insisted that Luis Suarez take part in the club’s pre-season activities and had hoped that clear the air talks with the want-away striker could alleviate the situation but the controversial forward has reiterated his desire to leave and this has led to something of an impasse.
The Merseyside club had insisted any potential suitor meet their valuation of the player and there is also a great deal of speculation about an apparent release clause, said to be set at £40m, though Liverpool insist that the requirements of the clause only state that the club must inform the player of an offer as opposed to being compelled to accept.
Arsenal’s latest offer is now set to be accepted as Brendan Rodgers looks to sell the player speedily so as to give the Northern Irishman time to find an adequate replacement.
Arsene Wenger has no intention of selling any of his current first choice attacking front three, with Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski all putting in solid, if not spectacular, displays in 2012/13 but the French boss wants to bring in Suarez to provide a more prolific spearhead to the Arsenal attack and is seemingly ready, willing and able to pay the required price to do so.