Few footballers seem to grab as many headlines as one Luis Suarez. Despite scoring two goals against England, effectively ending their World Cup campaign, the controversial striker ended up getting attention for biting Italian defender Georgio Chiellini.
Despite the four month ban he received from all footballing activities, and negative public opinion currently surrounding the Uruguayan, Barcelona have made a move forward in their interest.
The Spanish giants are set to begin talks with Suarez’s current club Liverpool in London today. The Merseyside club have openly stated that they are only willing to look at bids in the region of £80 million for the 27-year-old – who has four years remaining on his contract – but Barcelona are looking to pay a figure around £60m with a part-exchange for Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez.
Suarez joined the club from Ajax for £22.7 in 2011 and has displayed both his talent and tendency to cause a stir. Last season he won a host of awards, including the Premier League Golden Boot and PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and is a key player to the Anfield side. However, they are aware of his desire to play in Spain and he has never publicly pledged his long-term future to the club, so a deal may be able to be reached.
Suarez was praised by Barcelona’s newest signing, Ivan Rakitic, who joined from Sevilla yesterday. “The fact he has had the character and the strength to go in front of everyone and say sorry says a lot about him as a person. Not every person has that strength to admit they have done something stupid,” the Croatian midfielder said. “Regardless of whether the club signs him or not, his quality is unquestionable.”