Arsenal are desperately trying to sign Luis Suarez this summer but their £40 million plus £1 bid has reportedly angered Liverpool. The Gunners' offer was rejected on Tuesday.
Liverpool had turned down a £35 million bid made by Arsenal, before making it clear that upping the ante by another £5 million would not be enough. So, Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis called Liverpool's Melbourne hotel with an offer of £40 million plus £1, according to The Sun.
The rejection of the latest bid by Arsenal didn't come as a surprise, as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had earlier said that he valued Suarez at par with Edinson Cavani who was moved from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain for £55 million.
"If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player," Rodgers was quoted as saying by The Sun.
However, the Gunners think that The Reds should talk to Suarez as the £40 million clause under the present contract has been met. They also expect the 26-year-old Uruguayan footballer to tell Liverpool officials about his desire to leave Anfield and press for a transfer.
Arsenal's bid to bring Suarez to the Emirates could hit the brick wall in the form of Real Madrid, who have shown interest in bringing him to Bernabeu. However, the Spanish giants may not have bank balance if they go ahead with a world record £80 million move for Gareth Bale.
Saurez, who still has three years with The Reds under his current contract, has become a bone of contention for Arsenal and Liverpool ever since he expressed his desire to leave Anfield citing his ambition to play in Champions League and the bad treatment he received from English media.