World Cup star to reject Manchester United

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Ajax hitman Luis Suarez has his heart set on joining Barcelona, not Manchester United, according to his brother.

The Uruguay striker has been linked with Manchester United, Juventus and Manchester City, and the player himself has said he would be be keen on a move to Old Trafford.

The Uruguay forward, 23, was touted as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney before he agreed a new deal with the Red Devils. The striker, who scored an incredible 49 times in 48 matches last season, added three more goals to his tally in South Africa and is valued at around £25 million.

But according to his brother, there is another team that he longs to play for.

"It is his dream to play there," Pablo Suarez said of Barcelona to South American media, also saying that his brother is excited about potentially linking up with Lionel Messi, David Villa, Xavi and co.

Suarez, who was labelled to have the "hand of the devil" after his last minute handball against Ghana at the World Cup, has not enjoyed as prolific a campaign as last season but still has an amazing efficiency ratio of a goal or assist every 75 minutes.

Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping his eye on the striker as injury concerns mount over Michael Owen, and there are still question marks over Dimitar Berbatov, despite his impressive start to the season.

Ferguson knows he must strengthen United to keep his current stars happy and has been given a big transfer budget to bring in top names to Old Trafford.

Suarez could prove a perfect partner for Wayne Rooney, as he is a target man who can hold the ball up, but it also creative with predator like instincts.

Ajax are thought to be considering selling their star as his contract expires at the end of the 2012/2013 season, and would hope to bring in between £20-30 million.

Ajax's financial problems could also force their hand, meaning Manchester United could pick him up for less than the mentioned fee, but Barcelona are his preferred destination, should the Basque club decide they need another striker.


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