Backpage Roundup: Arsenal's Interest in Suarez Is Real, Man United Lodge £25.9M Offer for Fabregas, City's Jovetic Bid Gets Accepted, Sagna Confident and More

Arsenal’s Interest in Suarez Is Real
Liverpool’s want-away striker Luis Suarez was the subject of a failed Arsenal FC transfer offer, the Merseyside club’s managing director Ian Ayre has confirmed.
The Gunners bid £30million for the controversial Uruguayan, but their offer was dismissed by the Reds, who Ayre revealed are hoping to keep hold of him unless he officially hands in the transfer request.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Liverpool director said: “We had an offer which is fairly public from Arsenal. We said no to that offer, and as far as we’re concerned he turns up for training when he’s due back. And we’ll move forward on that basis. I’ve heard him say it would great to have an opportunity to play for Arsenal and likewise Real Madrid. But he certainly hasn’t called me up and said he wants to leave.
“We get offers for lots of our players at different times. Unless we get to a situation where that player absolutely doesn’t want to be here and we don’t want him to be here then that’s a different kettle of fish. Right now we’d love to see Luis put on a Liverpool shirt for this season and beyond and we hope that once he gets back things will settle down.”
Man United Lodge £25.9M Offer for Fabregas 
Manchester United have tabled an offer of £25.9million for FC Barcelona flop Cesc Fabregas. (Goal)
After recently missing out on the signing of Thiago Alcantara, the Red Devils have turned their attention to his former teammate who has struggled for game time since leaving Arsenal for his boyhood club two years ago.
It is hard to imagine Barca letting Fabregas to leave for that price and especially after losing the services of Thiago to Bayern Munich. However, if a deal somehow takes place, it would be United’s second signing of a former Gunners captain in as many years.
Arsenal have the first-refusal option on the 26-year-old Spaniard and could land him for less than his market value, but their first priority is to sign a striker and not a midfielder.
City’s Jovetic Bid Gets Accepted
Another one of Arsenal’s transfer targets could be on the move to a rival club if is to be believed.
Apparently, Manchester City have had a £23.3 million bid accepted for Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic, and the two parties’ representatives are set to meet each other soon in order to discuss the player’s personal terms. The transfer fees could rise up to £26 million, depending on the Serbian’s performances for City.
Jovetic was widely expected to move to Arsenal earlier this summer, but as always is the case, the Gunners refused to meet the Viola’s asking price and could now emerge as the losing party in yet another transfer battle.
Mertesacker : ‘Consistency’ Key to Title Challenge  
Per Mertesacker believes that finding consistency would be the key to Arsenal FC mounting a genuine title challenge in the 2013/14 season and is relieved that so far the club hasn’t sold any key players in this off-season.
The Daily Mail have quoted the German centre-half as saying: “I would say that consistency is the most important thing. If we can do that then we should be challenging for trophies and titles.
“We haven’t sold any players yet so we are coming from a good base at the moment, we’re at a good level and no-one is leaving at the moment. Maybe someone will come and strengthen our squad so it’s in a better position than last summer when we lost two important players (Robin van Persie and Alex Song).”
‘Happy’ Sagna Hopeful of Finding Top Form
Bacary Sagna has claimed that his struggles with his form last season were due to him missing the pre-season campaign and is confident that he would be back to his usual best in the 2013/14 season.
The 30-year-old Frenchman was still recovering from injuries this time last year and missed the Gunners’ pre-season tours and training camps. This time around though, he is fit and looked very lively in his side’s 7-0 mauling of the Indonesian national team on Sunday.  Performances like these from him will come more often during the course of the upcoming season, he claims.
In an interview with, Sagna said: “I’m very happy. Last year I missed pre-season so I was struggling a bit during the season. I’m looking forward to getting back to my best, that’s my aim and after that we’ll see.”
About the Gunners’ trip to the Southeast Asian country, he added: “I think it’s great for us to come here and to visit Indonesia is something different. I think we played well. We managed to keep the ball, pass it and create chances. We have to stay positive and we have to keep working.
“The guys did well in the first half, it was not easy because [Indonesia] were full of power. In the second half they were a bit tired so it means they achieved a great job and we managed to take advantage of it.”

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