Liverpool have rejected Arsenal’s improved offer of just over £40m for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
It is understood that a bid of £40,000,001 was intended to trigger a buyout clause in the player’s contract, but Liverpool have turned it down.
Under the terms of the 26-year-old’s contract, the club are duty bound to consider any offer for him in excess of £40m.
However, the club owner remains unwilling to let their priced striker leave and have now rejected two bids from Arsenal.
Arsenal’s first £30m bid for the Uruguayan was also rejected. The Anfield club’s resolve not to sell Suarez will be tested in the coming days, should the bidding continue.
Spanish giant Real Madrid have also disclosed their interest in the forward, who wants to play in the Champions League next season, but have yet to make a formal offer.
Meanwhile, another report claims the striker will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal, after informing his boss Brendan Rodgers of his wish to meet with his suitor over a potential move to the London club.
But Liverpool have no intention of selling their striker until his £50m-plus valuation is met.
Suarez believes Arsenal’s record offer of just over £40m- which was rejected- triggered the clause in his contract which allows him to hold talks with the club.
He linked up with the Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Australia at the weekend and started from the bench in the friendly match with Melbourne Victory.
Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 for £22.7m and scored 30 goals in 44 appearances for the club last season.
He was handed a ten-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season and still has six matches to serve.