Luis Suárez has claimed "two or three clubs" want to sign him from Liverpool this summer and that he values interest from Arsenal.
Liverpool's leading striker has previously cited what he perceives as unfair treatment by the English media and the Football Association for his desire to leave Anfield yet, in an interview given to the Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 on Tuesday, he said he appreciated Arsenal's recent £30m bid for his services. He laughed off reported interest from Chelsea but admitted he is prepared to interrupt a holiday in his native Uruguay should a potential transfer develop.
Arsenal had a £30m offer rejected at the weekend by Liverpool, who continue to insist the 26-year-old is not for sale and have yet to receive any other approaches for a striker they value at over £50m. Pere Guardiola, Suárez's agent, held another prearranged meeting with Liverpool's manager, Brendan Rodgers, and managing director, Ian Ayre, on Monday during which it is believed he reiterated Suárez's desire for Champions League football. No transfer request was forthcoming. "There are a few options and the club knows that," Suárez told Sport 890. "Are there any concrete options? No, so far there hasn't been any. There are two or three clubs who I think are willing and the club knows that.
"I have to present myself on the 21st with Liverpool for their tour of Australia but no one knows what could happen. I've already said what I have to say, and initially I have to be there on the 21st but maybe a phone call one day can change all your plans. For now everything is going well. I am very calm but initially I am meant to present myself on the 21st but, like I said, no one knows what can happen."
Suárez's stance on wishing to leave England, not simply Liverpool, also appeared to have softened in the wake of the bid from Arsenal and the absence of an official move, so far, from Real Madrid. "I have to value that – despite everything that's happened, [English] clubs still value players for what they can do on the field," he said. "That makes me think that I can come back and do well over there. It's good that the English clubs still want me."
The Liverpool forward's interview followed a declaration from his Uruguay team-mate Edinson Cavani that Suárez needs to join a Champions League club. Cavani, a close friend of Suárez, said: "Luis has to be playing Champions League football. I can tell you his love for Liverpool is very real. If they were playing in the Champions League, he would not consider leaving. But he knows he is now at the stage of his career that he needs to be playing at the top level."