Former Barcelona midfielder, Gabri Garcia, a close friend of Luis Suarez, has fuelled speculation that the Uruguayan international will be playing for the Catalan giants next season, when he told La Xarxa in Spain, that his dream has always been to play for Barcelona, as reported by the Marca.
Suarez is currently on World Cup duty in Brazil, while this side of the Atlantic speculation about his club future is gathering pace, as bitter rivals, Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare to do battle for the talented Liverpool.
BARCA AND REAL IN BITTER STRUGGLE
Suarez has been a long term target for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however in recent days, Barcelona have emerged as favourites to land the striker in a deal that could cost the club as much as £70 million.
The Uruguayan has developed into one the world's best strikers following a spectacular 3 years at Liverpool, which has seen him score 69 goals in 110 matches, and a brilliant brace for his country against England the other day in Brazil, showed exactly why the two Spanish giants are locked in a bitter struggle to land the player.
It is looking increasingly difficult for Liverpool to keep hold of their prize asset, and now looks the perfect time for the club to cash in on their investment.
The big question remains, where will he end up, Real or Barca?
Real Madrid have a track record of going out and buying the player they want no matter what the cost is, and at £70 million one would expect the Madrid giants to match those demands if they really want their man.
The club has apparently already sounded out Liverpool with a £30 million plus Morata offer, which means Morata is valued at £40 million! I think not.
Barcelona look better placed to land their man on two fronts.
Paying the full £70 million for Suarez seems unlikely, however in Alexis Sanchez they have a versatile attacking midfielder and striker that has been very much part of Brendan Rodgers' plans, and could be offered in the deal.
Sanchez is valued at around £25 million. The player and an additional £55 million, Liverpool will feel they have done some seriously good business.
The talented Chilean has skill, pace and power in abundance and would be a Premiership hit in my opinion, however they will have to beat off competition from Serie A Champions Juventus after Antonio Conte made him their top summer signing.
LUIS SUAREZ SPECIAL FEATURE
Former Barcelona midfielder and teammate of Suarez, Gabri Garcia, has stressed in an interview that there was only ever one club that was part of his plans, and that was Barcelona.
The pair became close friends when they played together for three years at Ajax, and Gabri insists that Barcelona has always been in his thoughts: "has always wanted to play for Barca," Gabri said.
"He's a player that has always considered coming here one day, and if he did it would make me very happy. I think Barca would be making a great signing. He would adapt very quickly because of his hunger and he would be a very good fit for the club. He also has his wife's family in Barcelona."
Gabri believes that the timing of the move is perfect considering Suarez is in his prime: "He's mature as a footballer. He's a player with character and personality. If he were to come to Barcelona he would have what it takes to deal with the pressure of playing for a club like Barca."
Gabri went on to say: "Luis Suárez is a goalscorer. He can score goals out of practically nothing. His position is as a number 9, but he's also played on the wing sometimes. He's good with his head, he's fast, and he's a very complete player who's in great form."
Gabri went on to highlight their friendship: "We got to know each other at Ajax and became very good friends. We speak the same language and that helped him to adapt to the team and to life in Holland. Our wives also became friends and we have kept in touch."
These comments by his close friend provide the closest indication yet of what might be going through Suarez's mind, and if you take the view that Barcelona are in a far stronger position to complete the deal than rivals real Madrid, then it looks likely the Uruguayan hotshot will be lining up alongside Lionel Messi next season.
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