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Suarez allowed to hold Arsenal talks

ESPN staff
July 24, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Luis Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal - despite having a £4,000,001 bid rejected by Liverpool.

The striker is entitled to hold discussions with the Gunners following the offer, which has triggered a clause in his contract, sources have told ESPN.

Liverpool, though, have no intention of selling Suarez at that price, and maintain that the offer does not oblige them to do so.

Suarez has indicated that he wants to talk to Arsenal, having indicated two weeks ago that he was flattered by their interest.

"It's good to know that I am still valued by teams like Arsenal," Suarez told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 on July 10.

Suarez is scheduled to hold talks regarding his future with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in Australia on Wednesday, following the 2-0 friendly win against Melbourne Victory at the MCG.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's desire to sign the Uruguay international has intensified after being frustrated in his attempts to sign Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, who looks set to join former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

But Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said on Monday that he expects Suarez to honour his contract, which has three years to run.

Rodgers has also stated that he believes the striker to be as valuable as Edinson Cavani, who recently joined Paris Saint-Germain for £55 million on June 16.

Suarez, signed from Ajax for £22.8 million in January 2011, first announced in May that he wanted to leave Anfield.

He initially claimed he was been driven out of the Premier League by the British media and the Football Association, having been given a 10-match domestic ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match at Anfield on April 21.

Suarez flew to Melbourne on Sunday to join up with Liverpool's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, having been given a break by the club after playing for Uruguay at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June.

The striker has six games still to serve on his domestic ban for biting Ivanovic, and will not be able to play in the Premier League until September.

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