Juventus agrees to sign Barcelona striker Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez might just go from playing next to one of the best players in the world to another. The Barcelona striker has agreed to terms with Juventus after the Serie A side has been met with a roadblock in pursuit of Roma’s Edin Dzeko, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
New Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo had imagined his new squad with the agile No. 9 up top as his center forward, but Roma’s talks for Dzeko’s replacement, Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli, have also stalled — creating a chain reaction.
This stalemate has forced Pirlo to consider a different center forward, like Suárez, who was recently told his services would no longer be needed.
That is how Luis Suárez can go from playing next to Lionel Messi for the past six years to joining Cristiano Ronaldo only two years after his departure from LaLiga.
Andrea Pirlo has already sent Gonzalo Higuaín packing after seeing his dipping production during the past few seasons, creating a hole in the middle that can only be filled in his system by a true No. 9.
Luis Suárez has a salary of €15 million per season until June 30, 2021 — an amount Juventus would need to be willing to pay to secure his exit from the Camp Nou. Considering his salary is similar to Edin Dzeko’s, the club has the money at hand to pay it.
However, should Suárez be satisfied with €10 million per year, he could get the rest as a way of severance pay from Barcelona — something he’s yet to negotiate with the club.
Luis Suárez is looking for a way out of Barcelona, now that he’s been axed by Ronald Koeman. Yet it remains to be seen whether Pirlo opts to wait for Dzeko’s situation to resolve or pounce on the chance to sign the Uruguay international while the iron is hot.