Arsenal transfer news: Modric claim and Suarez urged to stay

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A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Luka Modric, Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal are considering entering the race for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who could be available this summer after a disappointing debut season at the Spanish club.

Madrid have since signed Asier Illarramendi and Isco for over €30million apiece, and with a move for Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale also on the cards, they might look to sell Modric to help balance the books if the Croatian is not deemed likely to be a first team regular.

The 27-year-old as also been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, and has so far indicated he wants to stay at Real Madrid.

Steven Gerrard has urged Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool, and admitted the striker is crucial to his team’s chances of breaking into the top four next season.

The Liverpool midfielder also suggested Suarez should wait for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, and that it would make no sense for the Reds to let him leave for a rival like Arsenal.

“It strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top-four position. From the club's point of view it doesn't make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table,” Gerrard told the Independent.

"If he was to go abroad to a Madrid or Barcelona I would totally understand it.

"If I was him I would wait for one of those two clubs because I think he's good enough to play for them."

Manchester United are planning a third and final bid of £35million for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has also been linked with a return to Arsenal this summer.

Barcelona has so far insisted they do not want to sell the midfielder, but if they do accept a bid from Manchester United, then Arsenal’s first option clause on Fabregas will mean they are able to buy him for £25million.

However there is speculation that Barcelona will allow Fabregas to buy out his contract for a set fee, which would allows him to move to Manchester United by circumnavigating the Arsenal clause.

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