Arsene Wenger has been given a boost in his bid to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool after the striker told the Anfield club: “You have to let me leave.”
Arsenal target Suarez has spoken of his desire to quit the Reds and claims the club’s senior figures promised they would allow him to depart if they didn’t qualify for Champions League football.
Suarez’s critical comments may mean he is heading closer to a Kop exit despite Liverpool owner John W. Henry insisting the forward, 26, is not up for sale.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are still in the frame to acquire the attacker’s services but have yet to make an offer.
Arsenal’s bid – of £40million plus a pound in order to try to trigger a release clause – was rejected with Liverpool said to be holding out for £50million.
Now the Uruguay star will hand in a transfer request by the end of the week if a move is blocked following his latest outburst.
He said: “I gave absolutely everything last season. Now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.
“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go.
“I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League. I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it.
“I don’t feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago, just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.”