Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Must Sell Luis Suarez If Arsenal Hit £50 Million

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Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Must Sell Luis Suarez If Arsenal Hit £50 Million
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Off-the-pitch discomfort aside, Luis Suarez has been a productive player for Liverpool

With 23 goals in 33 English Premier League starts last season, Suarez established himself as one of the best players in one of the best leagues on the planet. 

Although he will serve out the remainder of his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last year during the first six games of the 2013-14 league season, Suarez will be a big-time contributor wherever he's playing football. 

Transfer rumours continue to swirl about Suarez joining Arsenal, but the Reds should feel no pressure in selling the Uruguayan striker to a league rival before the current transfer window closes—not without the Gunners reaching Liverpool's predetermined threshold of £50 million.  

According to Sky News, that's the price it's going to take to convince Liverpool that Suarez would be better off roaming Emirates Stadium than Anfield next season. 

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was quoted as saying that Liverpool fans have treated Suarez "like a son" in the Sky News report, hinting that he hopes loyalty will trump the chance to play Champions League football for the Gunners this year. 

Then again, money talks. 

Sky Sports also reported that Reds managing director Ian Ayre has no intention of selling Suarez this summer, but Rodgers' stance has been more in line with the general consensus surrounding the 26-year-old's availability: Suarez will be available at the right price. 

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Until that price officially comes to light in the form of a transfer bid, Ayre, Rodgers and Reds management should not relent in their quest to squeeze every pound they can from the Gunners. After all, Suarez would be Arsenal's biggest transfer of all time. 

According to James Dickenson of the Express, Arsenal are preparing a third bid for Suarez in the coming days.

After having two previous bids (£30 million and a cheeky £40 million plus one pound) rejected by the Reds, manager Arsene Wenger and staff are reportedly preparing a bid of £42.5 million for the star striker. 

If nothing else, the Reds might feel less-than-inclined to part with Suarez after the stunt Arsenal pulled with their second bid. By submitting a figure of £40,000,001, the Gunners were thought to trigger a release clause in Suarez's contract that forced the Reds to sell. 

Liverpool did not interpret the clause in that manner, instead understanding the contract to force them to keep Suarez informed of various interests from other clubs in the event that a transfer bid for his services was placed above the £40 million mark. 

Andy Hunter of The Guardian reported on Tuesday that Suarez was not fighting Liverpool's stance on his contract. Rather than bring the Premier League or legal help into the fold, Suarez will instead leave his fate up to the two clubs duking it out over numbers. 

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Rodgers (left) has been dealing with Suarez drama all summer.

As it stands, it will be up to Arsenal to hit Liverpool's required number before Suarez is donning their Fly Emirates jersey. 

Wenger has historically shied away from making record-breaking bids on star players; the fact that he and the Gunners are still considered front-runners for Suarez is an accomplishment in and of itself. 

While Arsenal have money to spend, they don't usually spend it all in one place. 

Suarez has the talent to throw that caution to the wind. Both the Gunners and the Reds realize this, and that's why the tug-of-war between the two clubs has continued to persist despite the ticking clock on the transfer window. 

As this tweet from Liverpool Family would suggest, the stats back Suarez as one of the best players in the world:

Wenger is reportedly only increasing his next bid by £2.5 million. If I'm Ayre or Rodgers, I laugh at that figure and tell the Gunners that their third try was not the charm. 

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Throughout the transfer window, Liverpool have stood firm on their "we're not selling Suarez" stance. Although that stance has relented enough to give us a figure of his rating and the Reds understand this is more than just a rumour, now is not the time to settle for a compromise. 

Make no mistake—it seems to be in the best interest of all parties if Suarez was playing his football elsewhere next season. That being said, Liverpool shouldn't pull up lame on the track when they are so close to the finish line. 

It seems pretty cut-and-dry to me. It has been for the majority of the transfer window. If nothing else, the Reds shouldn't sell Suarez as a showing of solidarity. 

Liverpool's terms are simple: Pay us £50 million, and you get our best player.

It's up to Arsenal to reach that threshold. 

  

Follow B/R's Ethan Grant (@DowntownEG) on Twitter. 

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