Arsenal will have to pay £55m if they want to sign Liverpool‘s Luis Suarez, after the striker dropped his pursuit of arbitration as a means of leaving for less, according to the Mirror.
Arsene Wenger has been waiting to see the outcome of a contract dispute between the Uruguay international and his club, after he believed his bid of £40m plus a pound would trigger a release clause.
Arsenal are set to miss out on Brazil international Bernard, with the midfielder’s agent confirming that he is set to join either Porto or Shakhtar Dontesk, ESPN understands.
Reports in France had suggested that the 20 year old was due for a medical with the North London club, though Arsene Wenger moved to state that that wasn’t the case.
Arsenal have been told that they must meet Liverpool’s valuation of £50m for Luis Suarez by next week, or face missing out on him altogether, the Express understands.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep hold of his star player, though he equally does not want the saga to further overshadow his pre-season preparations.
Arsenal target Bernard has played down reports that he is on the verge of signing for the Gunners, Sky Sports understands.
The Atletico Mineiro midfielder refused to confirm that he is set for a medical with the North London club, insisting that his future is in the Brazilian clubs hands.