Wenger given green light for £40m striker swoop

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and striker Luis Suarez

Arsene Wenger has been given permission to launch a £40million bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, according to the Daily Mail, a move that might see you cash out at Betfair if you’ve put money on the Gunners for the title next season.

The new bid from Arsenal could prove decisive, as it is understood Suarez has a release clause of that figure in his current contract at the Merseyside club.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reiterated his desire to keep Suarez at Anfield, claiming yesterday it would take ‘something drastic’ to see the Uruguayan leave Anfield this summer.

That may well prove to be the incoming bid from Arsenal, who have already seen offers of £30million and £35million rejected by the Reds.

However Rodgers believes the man who fired 30 goals for his side last season, owes it to his teammates and supporters to stay put.

“It’s not about me or the club, I think it’s the supporters and his team-mates for what they gave him,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“They have stood by him through thick and thin, and through all the traumas he has gone through over the last couple of seasons.

“If there is anyone he owes it’s them and his team-mates, who have fought beside him, certainly not me.”

The incoming bid from Arsenal is set to add a decisive twist to the summer’s longest transfer saga. Wenger has made it clear he sees Suarez as his number one target, and knows he needs to act quickly to avoid the embarrassment of missing out on all the club’s big name targets.

The Gunners move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has been cast into further doubt following the news both Chelsea and Napoli have entered the race for his signature, making the bid for Suarez all the more important.

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