Arsene Wenger appears keen to step up his attempts to sign Liverpool’s controversial Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez as his other main summer target – Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain – looks set to end in failure.
The Gunners had a £30million offer for Suarez rejected by Liverpool earlier this month but have not given up hope of finally landing the former Ajax star.
Suarez has said several times already this summer that he is keen to leave Anfield and join a team that will be playing Champions League football this season, something that Wenger’s team can provide.
However, the football betting still suggests a move to the Emirates is unlikely, given the Uruguayan’s very public desire to move away from England.
Meanwhile, it appears that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen to keep Higuain and is planning to hold talks with the 25-year-old about his role at the club shortly.
Arsenal had been keen to agree a £23million deal for the Argentina striker although Real president Florentino Perez recently insisted he had not received any offers for the player who has spent the last six years at the Bernabeu.
Perez is believed to value the former River Plate man at far more than £23million.
Wenger also looks set to miss out on Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Belgium international Fellaini has a £23.5million release clause in his contract that expires on 15th August but Wenger is targeting at least one new striker first and will only look to sign the midfielder if he has any transfer money left. Punters who bet on premier league transfers are now looking elsewhere.
Zenit St Petersburg have also been linked with the 25-year-old, who has said he is not keen on playing in Russia, as have Chelsea and Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Cesar is believed to be in talks with Napoli after being placed on the transfer list by Queens Park Rangers.
Cesar is in negotiations with the Serie A side about a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move next year.