The Uruguayan has announced he met with Liverpool hierarchy last season to declare his desire to leave due to the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League. He claims the club agreed to let him leave if a Champions League club bid more than £35 million for him, except rivals Manchester United, who they would not consider selling too.
Arsenal’s fourth place finish last season ensured Champions League qualification, which should have seen Suarez move to the Emirates after they met the £35 million valuation, according to Suarez and his representatives.
It could be argued that Arsenal are not considered a ‘Champions League’ team until they get past their play-off qualifier, with the second leg taking place just a few days before transfer deadline day. Arsenal are prepared to wait for Suarez and could wait until the final day, once their Champions League fate is decided, to make another bid.
Liverpool insist they will not sell him until their £55 million valuation is matched but would prefer to keep him altogether.
The Reds have reportedly bid £21 million for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and although club sources state the bid has no influence on the future of Suarez, many believe it is a sign that Liverpool are preparing for life without the Uruguayan.