Arsene Wenger will have to smash the world transfer record if he is to land primary target Luis Suarez in the summer!
The Liverpool hitman – who has been in scintillating form this season – was chased by Arsenal throughout the recent transfer window, with the pursuit even threatening to end in legal action.
The Gunners tabled a cheeky £40 million plus £1 bid to trigger an escape clause in the star’s contract, which the Reds successfully proved no longer existed.
Suarez has since gone from strength to strength and is widely regarded as the finest striker in world football at this moment in time, and Wenger remains keen to land his man.
But GunnersWatch can reveal the Reds’ asking price has sky-rocketed, with boss Brendan Rodgers keen to recoup a staggering fee should the Uruguayan exit the club.
With Real Madrid also sniffing around, the Anfield club are acutely aware that Suarez’s form is attracting admirers but are confident he will be willing to sit down and negotiate a new contract should they ask him to.
Wages of £250,000-a-week would be on offer – smashing Liverpool’s current wage structure – but the signing of any deal would come down to Champions League qualification.
And should they fail to make it, Arsenal and Real will once more come into the frame.
Though the fee appears to be out of Wenger’s reach, the north Londoners have mountainous reserves of cash to spend and could, in theory, afford to nab Suarez – though the Frenchman may yet seek alternative targets, with Real’s Karim Benzema linked.
Real, meanwhile, are keen to land a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain – who departed for Napoli in the summer – and would have no qualms in once more breaking the world transfer record after signing Gareth Bale for over £85 million.