Luis Suarez has not given up hope on moving to Real Madrid raising the prospect of Arsenal missing out on their prime transfer target.
It is understood that the Liverpool striker is prepared to seek legal clarification from the Premier League in a bid to revive interest from the Spanish giants.
Contrary to reports elsewhere neither Suarez or his club have contacted the Premier League despite differing interpretations of a clause in his current deal which Arsenal feel they have triggered with their £40000001 bid made earlier this month.
Suarez believed that a bid in excess of £40million would allow him to leave Anfield and join a club in the Champions League but Liverpool insist the paperwork only stipulates that the 26-year-old is entitled to be informed of any bid at that level.
Arsenal have made signing Suarez their main priority this summer after losing out on a bid to sign Gonzalo Higuain who joined Napoli last week..
Standard Sport understands there is a belief in Suarez’s camp that Real’s interest could be revived were the Premier League to rule in his favour and effectively set his price at one pound over £40m.
The Premier League have arbitrated on such issues before under rule T.30 which states that “any dispute or difference between a club and a player not otherwise expressly provided for in these rules may be referred in writing by either party to the board for consideration and adjudication in such manner as the board may think fit”.
Gabriel Heinze’s proposed move to Liverpool from Manchester United in 2007 fell through after an independent panel set up by the Premier League ruled that the left-back did not have a binding agreement from his club sanctioning the move.
Suarez is hoping to avoid a similar fate despite having lost a comparable case when trying to force through a move from Groningen to Ajax in Holland — although he subsequently moved there in a separate deal.
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