SportsDirect News has learned that the Liverpool striker will disappoint hopeful Arsenal who bid £40 million plus £1.

And although his final destination is being kept a closely guarded secret we have been told that it looks certain that either the German or Spanish giant have won the race.

A source close to the deal said: "I have been told by a person very close to the player that the deal is done and that it's not Arsenal.

"No one ever takes anything for granted in this game until a final announcement is made but all the indications are he will be en route to Madrid or Munich - the only other serious bidders.