Will Arse­nal pay £40m for Suarez?

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MAN­AGER Arsene Wenger re­fused to be drawn yes­ter­day on whether Arse­nal would match Liver­pool’s re­ported ask­ing price for striker Luis Suarez, af­ter a £30 mil­lion bid was said to have been re­jected.

The Gun­ners boss de­clined to say if Arse­nal were will­ing to stump up what is thought to be £40m bot­tom line for the con­tro­ver­sial Uruguayan, but hinted that a deal may not be en­tirely dead.

“We’re hop­ing we will be in a po­si­tion where we can an­swer this ques­tion,” Wenger told re­porters in Jakarta, be­fore a friendly match.

He added: “As you know, the trans­fer pe­riod de­mands a cer­tain air of con­fi­den­tial­ity and of se­cret.”

Arse­nal had a multi- mil­lion pound of­fer re­jected ear­lier this week and Liver­pool boss Bren­dan Rodgers has stressed the “world­class” player is not for sale.

Last month Suarez, banned for racist abuse in 2011 and cur­rently sus­pended for bit­ing, said it would be dif­fi­cult to turn down an of­fer from Span­ish gi­ants Real Madrid.

Arse­nal, who have not won a tro­phy since 2005, are un­der pres­sure to spend big af­ter post­ing huge prof­its last year. It prompted crit­i­cism from fans that the club lacked am­bi­tion.

The club have also been linked with Manch­ester United striker Wayne Rooney and Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. – Sapa-AFP

LUIS SUAREZ… go­ing, go­ing…

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