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23rd Jul 2013

Arsenal have apparently tabled a bid of £40,000,001 for Luis Suarez

No, that’s not a typo.

Conor Heneghan

No, that’s not a typo.

The transfer window is regularly referred to in football circles as the ‘silly season’ and never has that term seemed more appropriate than in reports which suggest that Arsenal have tabled a bid of £40million + £1 for unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Despite the amusing nature of the bid, it is quite obvious that there is a reason behind Arsenal offering such a random sum for the hugely talented yet controversial Uruguayan and according to a report that will appear in The Times tomorrow, it is to activate a clause in Suarez’s Liverpool contract, according to which he must be informed of any bids in excess of £40 million made for his signature.

Arsenal have already had offers in excess of £30 million rejected by Liverpool and although £40 million would smash Arsenal’s transfer record, Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are determined to hold out for a larger sum for the 26-year old. Might we suggest £40,000,037? Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

Arsene Wenger’s determination to acquire Suarez will be increased by the fact that the Gunners look likely to miss out on the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, with speculation increasing that the Real Madrid striker will opt to join Napoli instead.

With no major tournament to act as a distraction this summer appears to have had more long-running transfer sagas than most, but the ‘Will Suarez stay or will he go’ storyline looks set to rumble on for some time yet.