Emirates Stadium side will not pay more than £40m and £1 for Uruguayan.
Arsenal have told Liverpool their last offer for Luis Suarez [£40,000,001] is the highest they will go to try land the Uruguayan star, as they believe the Premier League ruling over the contract clause dispute will fall in their favour according to the London Evening Standard.
Reports are flying around that suggest both Liverpool and Suarez cannot agree on what a clause in the 26 year-old’s contract means, so it is thought the dispute will go to the FA to resolve, but no formal enquiry has been made yet.
The issue is that the Merseyside club are telling Luis that the clause only means that it triggers negotiations – and that is all. Whilst the former Ajax forward believes the clause means he is allowed to leave if a Champions League side offer over £40million for him [hence Arsenal’s £40million and £1].
Brendan Rodgers has been clearly effected by the ongoing saga as he hit out at Arsenal’s approach for Suarez and their ‘classless’ bid of just £1 over the clause.
“I was surprised,” the Liverpool boss claimed
“I’ve got to say I’ve always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there. For us, it’s about moving on and doing our own work. There will come a point where they understand our position. Obviously they have an interest and they put that interest in with two bids which were nowhere near what the player is worth. That’s within their right. There is a market in football for players but from us the message is constant. We do not want to sell.” (Guardian)