Overnight reports in the Guardian claim that Arsenal are readying an increased bid to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool.
The Uruguayan forward has spent all off-season angling for a move away from Anfield. First because he said he was upset by the treatment he receives in England, and now, because nobody has any sympathy for him, because he wants to play in the Champions League.
The Guardian says that Arsenal have “tied up” a deal for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, with the Argentine having agreed personal terms with the London club.
But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is apparently stalling on Higuain, to see if he can complete a stunning coup by signing Suarez instead.
The Gunners are desperate to replace the Robin van Persie’s goals. They came good towards the end of last season, and with a prolific scorer would be an altogether more deadly outfit.
Until the latest of his bans for poor behaviour, Suarez was leading RVP in the race to end as top goalscorer, and that’s why Wenger is hedging his bets on Higuain.
Arsenal also continue to be linked to Manchester United man Wayne Rooney, who was warned over the weekend by David Moyes that he faces a battle for the limelight at Old Trafford with RVP.
But apart from confirming that Rooney, Higuain and Suarez are “realistic targets quality-wise”, Wenger refuses to confirm or deny his favour for any one of them.
The Gunners have already had a cheeky £30 million bid for Suarez rejected outright by the Reds, and are now reportedly willing to up the ante to £35 million.
While the feeling on Merseyside is reluctantly becoming that Suarez should just go, after the way he has run his mouth off against Liverpool in spite of their loyalty towards him, it remains highly unlikely that the Reds will sell him to another Premier League team, unless the price is closer to £50 million.