Luis Suarez is now odds-on to stay at Liverpool after meeting up with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of Australia despite reported interest from Arsenal.
The Gunners have already had a bid of £30m turned down and are widely believed to be considering upping that offer to £40m as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his front line.
An offer of that nature would test a complex clause in Suarez’s contract which states that Liverpool must inform him of any such move, even if they are not obliged to accept it.
However, speaking before the Reds’ clash with Melbourne Victory – a game in which Suarez could feature – boss Brendan Rodgers insisted that it would take an extraordinary bid to prise the Uruguayan away from Anfield.
“Unless there’s any sort of offer that comes in anywhere near his value then there’s nothing to consider,” he said.
“He’s an integral part of our squad and we’ll chat at some stage … he’s in great spirits. He’ll join training today.”
The bookmakers at bwin have responded to Rodgers’ hardline stance – it is thought that only a bid of £55m would convince the club to sell – by slashing the odds on Suarez staying at Liverpool this summer from 39/20 to 4/5.
Real Madrid remain the 7/5 favourites to sign the former Ajax striker, despite not officially declaring their interest in the player, with Arsenal a 51/20 shout to bring him to the Emirates this summer.
Chelsea, who are focusing on snaring hitman Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, are rated as a 6/1 chance to successfully turn their attention to signing Suarez in the current transfer window.
Cash-rich Napoli are available at 12/1, with all other teams 16/1 and bigger to secure the 26-year-old’s signature before September 4th.