Transfer is subject to Gunners’ safe passage into Europe’s premier club competition though.
Unsettled Liverpool front man Luis Suarez will reportedly finally complete his long-awaited transfer to Arsenal on Aug 28, as long as the north London club have secured their place in next season’s Uefa Champions League by that point though.
The Gunners have been trying to engineer a move for the coveted Uruguay international all summer long, and have already lodged two club-record bids with the Merseyside giants for their star man.
The second of those offers, valued at £40 million plus £1, was enough to trigger a release clause in Suarez’s current contract at Anfield, that runs until June 2018, and so allowing Arsenal to enter into negotiations with the striker about a possible move to the Emirates next season.
And CaughtOffside understands that the club have already agreed personal terms with Suarez on a £150,000-per week five-year contract in the capital, although as yet the Reds have steadfastly refused to do business with their counterparts from London, insisting that the 26-year-old will only depart Anfield this summer for a fee in excess of £50m.
However, in actual fact the two clubs are said to have already come to an agreement over the sale of Suarez, with the player set to join Arsenal for £45m on Aug 28 on the condition that the club have successfully navigated their way past their upcoming two-legged Champions League playoff that will take place across Aug 20/21 and Aug 27/28.
But if the Gunners slip up in those two ties, then the agreement also stipulates that Suarez will remain a Liverpool player next season, meaning more than just participation in next season’s Champions League is at stake for the club when they take part in their playoff later this month.