The future of Luis Suarez has been discussed endlessly from the moment the season ended, and Arsenal have thrown themselves into the mix by launching two bids for the Uruguayan striker – both of which have been firmly rejected by Liverpool.
The most recent bid consisted of £40million plus an all important extra £1, meaning a clause was triggered in the forwards contract that allowed the Gunners to hold talks.
Liverpool however are under no obligation to sell, and are looking for a figure closer to £50million before they even consider parting with their star man.
For Arsenal and Arsene Wenger – arguably the most notoriously stingy manager in the Premier League – the figure may prove a step too far.
The Gunners need to get a move on, with supporters growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of incomings at the Emirates this summer.
The Gonzalo Higuain ship has already sailed, and concerns are growing by the day that the Suarez deal may end in the same way.