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Report: Arsenal's £40,000,001 bid does NOT trigger a Suarez sale

So have Arsenal triggered a clause in Luis Suarez' Liverpool contract? Sort of...

There are conflicting reports this evening regarding Luis Suarez' future at Liverpool amid a new offer from Arsenal.

The Gunners are said to have bid £40 million plus £1, in the belief that the extra pound would meet a release clause in the striker's contract. Which it does. Sort of. 

National newspaper The Mirror have even run the headline: Arsenal trigger Luis Suarez's Liverpool contract clause with incredible £40,000,001 bid

But it is a little misleading. Arsenal have not triggered a release clause for a sale.

All they have done is activated a clause which means Liverpool have to inform the striker of the bid.

The Liverpool Echo clarify the situation in their report:

"Liverpool have always insisted that is not the case with club officials only duty bound to inform the striker of bids exceeding that amount rather than having to actually accept that kind of figure.

"Arsenal's new offer was instantly dismissed with Liverpool's stance that Suarez is simply not for sale unchanged."

It makes the clause fairly worthless, and the cheeky £1 bid. For if Suarez' agent is clued up then he will be informing his client of any new bid in any case.

The key part of the Echo's report is that which it states Arsenal's offer was 'instantly dismissed', hinting that nothing has changed. 

Suarez and Rodgers will apparently sit down to discuss his future after Liverpool's pre-season friendly tomorrow, but given Liverpool's instant rejection, the clear likelihood is he will be told 'you are staying put'.

Whether the controversial Uruguayan elects to dare risk going on strike to try and force a move after that, is down to him...

What do you make of tonight's reports?

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