Arsenal transfer news: Cesar boost and Suarez

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Luis Suarez, Julio Cesar, Gervinho and Bernard.

Brendan Rodgers has said that Arsenal will need to improve their £40million offer if they want to sign Luis Suarez this summer, despite reports that the striker is keen to speak with the Gunners about a move.

Arsenal bid £40million plus one pound for the striker in the hope of triggering a release clause, but Liverpool rejected the bid, and Rodgers was clear the striker is worth more to them.

"If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player," he said.

"There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35million and two weeks later it is now £40m and a pound - I don't think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.”

Suarez and his agent, Pere Guardiola, believe that they should be allowed to talk to Arsenal after they made their latest bid due to the clause in his contract, but Liverpool maintain they only have to notify the player when a bid of that size is made.

Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of QPR keeper Julio Cesar after Napoli opted to bring in Pepe Reina on loan instead of the Brazilian.

Napoli have already won the race for the another Arsenal target, Gonzalo Higuain, but were not willing to pay Cesar’s £90,000 a week wages.

Arsenal should now have a clear run at the 33-year-old, who is keen to play at the highest level to secure a place in the Brazil team for next summer’s World Cup. Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a new keeper after Wojiech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski failed to impress last season.

Arsenal have told Roma they will need to increase their offer for Gervinho to £8.6million if they want to sign the Ivorian, with the Italian club’s current bid standing at around £6.8million.

The Gunners want to ship out Gervinho after another disappointing season at the Emirates, and are hopeful of completing a move for Brazilian youngster Bernard to replace him.

Bernard’s current side Atletico Mineiro won the Copa Libertadores last night, with the 20-year-old now expected to leave the club in the coming weeks.

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