Liverpool Reportedly Reject £30 Million Arsenal Offer for Striker Luis Suarez

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJuly 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  Bacary Sagna of Arsenal and Luis Suarez of Liverpool compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have rejected a £30 million offer from Arsenal for striker Luis Suarez, according to Paul Joyce in the Daily Express.

The Uruguay international expressed his desire to leave the Anfield club earlier this summer, as Andy Hunter of The Guardian highlighted last month.

According to Joyce, a complex clause on the striker's contract means the club have to listen to offers of £40 million but can ask for more money to sell, and the Gunners are unlikely to return with an improved offer.

Suarez is currently serving a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match at Anfield in April and will miss the first six games of the new season.

The former Ajax forward had also previously served an eight-game ban and fined £40,000 by the Football Association in December 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, as BBC Sport reported.

But while Suarez has endured a chequered career off the pitch since joining Liverpool in January 2011, his form on it for the Reds has been hugely impressive.

The 26-year-old scored 23 times in 33 Premier League appearances for Brendan Rodgers' team last season and also provided five assists, as Bleacher Report featured columnist Peter Brownell highlighted last month.

However, when Suarez said he wanted to leave Liverpool during a press conference in May, he blamed the British media, as The Telegraph reported.

Consequently, any move for the forward by a Premier League club would appear to be doomed, despite Chelsea also being linked with Suarez, as Charles Perrin of the Daily Express reported last week.

Suarez has voiced an interest in joining Real Madrid, as David Kent of the Daily Mail reported, while Barcelona, according to Jack Wilson of the Daily Express, and Bayern Munich, as reported by Colin Trott of The Sun, have both been credited with an interest in the forward.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still waiting on the outcome of his move for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, but the player's future remains undecided, according to a report by Shaun Custis in The Sun on Monday.

Wenger has also been linked with a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as he prepares for the new season, as Rob Draper of the Daily Mail reported.