Luis Suarez is closing in on his next transfer after it was revealed that Barcelona must pay £12m to release him early from his contract.
Reports last week claimed Ronald Koeman has informed Suarez he he has no future at the Nou Camp. As per RAC1, the Dutchman informed the ex-Liverpool man he would play no part in his side next season. Furthermore, it’s stated his contract – due to expire next summer – will be terminated with immediate effect.
However, reports on Sunday claimed terminating his contract would not come cheap. In fact, it was claimed it would cost Barcelona £12m to buy him out of his final year.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is widely regarded as his successor. However, the Argentine may avoid a move if the club’s turmoil continues.
Suarez has continued to train with Barcelona until his situation is resolved. Since news of his saga with Barcelona emerged, the striker has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Ajax and Liverpool.
Liverpool could benefit from Barca’s turmoil this summer. If the Spanish club does decide to release Suarez, they may be able to pick up their former striker on a free.
Suarez was the club’s main goalscorer between 2011 and 2014, with his form earning him the big money move to Barca.
Suarez could make a sensational return to Anfield this summer if Barca want to axe their man.
However, it has since emerged that Suarez has his own idea and talks over a move to Juventus have been held.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Suarez has already reached out to Juve chief Pavel Nedved over a potential switch.
Juve are in the market for a new striker with Gonzalo Higuain likely to be moved on.
It’s reported the early signs appear positive and it is very possible that an agreement could soon be reached.
While perhaps past his best, there is a feeling that Suarez could still shine in Serie A. The club have proven age is nothing but a number in their signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. And the Old Lady are also believed to be considering Edin Dzeko as their new No 9.
But the chance to land Suarez on a lowly fee is said to appeal to the Juve hierarchy.
Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool in summer 2014 in a high-profile £75m deal. The move has been a huge success with Suarez having scored 198 goals and chipped in with an impressive 109 assists in 283 appearances for the Blaugrana. He’s third on their list of all-time top goalscorers.
Gerrard says Suarez had no respect for Carragher
Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, has given insight into the mentality of Suarez, stating he had “no respect for anyone in training.”
Suarez, 33, became a cult figure during his three-and-a-half year stint at Anfield.
Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Gerrard said: “A lot of strikers that we used to sign did have respect for the likes of Jamie Carragher and other names around the squad. But he (Luis Suarez) had no respect for anyone in training, in a good way.
“He’d be backing into them, he’d be leaving a bit in on them, he’d have elbows up and I’d be thinking that’s not normally what you’d see in training.
“You’d normally see a lot of respect but Luis would run through anyone and have a defender up the wall at any given moment.
“You knew straight away in days rather than weeks that he was going to be a top player for Liverpool.”