Juventus ‘eyeing-up move for Luis Suarez’ as new boss Andrea Pirlo aims to profit from Barcelona crisis… joining Ajax in race for the striker
- Barcelona are looking to refresh their squad after a poor season in Catalonia
- The Nou Camp side’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich capped a below-par campaign
- Luis Suarez is among the stars Barca are keen to move on, with Ajax interested
- Juventus have now joined the race for the prolific 33-year-old this summer
Luis Suarez is among the superstars Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is ready to clear-out this summer, with Juventus ready to capitalise on the Nou Camp chaos.
With Quique Setien sacked, Ronald Koeman appointed and Lionel Messi threatening to leave after the humiliating 8-2 collapse against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, Barca are in a state of crisis.
The unpopular Bartomeu has insisted only eight players are safe from being moved on this summer, with the 33-year-old Suarez not included on the list.
Juventus has joined Ajax in pursuit of Barcelona front-man Luis Suarez this summer
Suarez is set for the exit amid a Barca refresh prompted by the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich
Juve boss Andrea Pirlo could add Suarez to play with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain
The Uruguayan great has one year left on his Barcelona deal and has been linked with a move back to Ajax this summer, with Serie A champions Juventus also indicating their interest, according to Marca.
Suarez has never played in Italy but has an Italian passport after applying through his wife Sofia Balbi, and could relish the chance to live in Turin – playing in a front-three alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain for new boss Andrea Pirlo.
The experienced forward is firmly among the greatest of his generation after smashing in 406 goals in 612 games for Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool and Barca.
Suarez’s breakthrough came at Ajax and the Uruguayan could return late in his playing career
A sale would end Suarez’s incredible partnership with Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi
Suarez’s nostalgia for the five-year spell in Holland which saw him become one of the world’s top prospects could bring him back to Amsterdam late in his career, but David Beckham’s Inter Miami are also linked.
The brand new MLS club have already landed ex-Juventus star Blaise Matuidi this summer and Suarez could follow in the likes of Frank Lampard, Pirlo and Steven Gerrard in spending their last playing days in America.
Suarez’s season was disrupted by knee surgery but he still managed 21 goals in 36 games, showing he still has the legs to continue his incredible partnership with Messi.