Luis Suarez is expected to tell Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers today that he wants to officially speak to Arsenal about a move to following their bid of £40m plus £1, which the player believes obliges Liverpool to sell.
Suarez and his agent, Pere Guardiola, brother of the Bayern Munich manager Pep, have worked on the understanding that a clause in the player's contract states that Liverpool's failure this season to secure Champions League football means any bid in excess of £40m from a club in the competition would require Liverpool to sell the player.
They are mystified as to why Liverpool have rejected the Arsenal bid out of hand.
In private, Arsenal believe that the offer is adequate for them to be allowed to talk to Suarez (right).
They made the bid specifically on the understanding that it would force the issue. It looks like the Gunners will have to give up on their second option, the Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, as he had a medical with Napoli yesterday.
While there are obvious fears that Higuain moving to Napoli could trigger a bid from Real for Suarez – leaving Arsenal hunting for a new striker – the Uruguayan's position is that he does not have a preference for Madrid.
Arsenal are aware that they are playing a delicate game of negotiation but are confident that they can get Suarez.
Napoli are thought to have an agreement with Real Madrid to buy Higuain for £31m, more than Arsenal have offered, but that deal has not yet gone through.
There is no guarantee that, even with the proceeds from Higuain's sale, Madrid would outbid Arsenal for Suarez.