Barcelona are reportedly going to offer Luis Saurez an escape route from his World Cup shame in a deal that will bring the troubled star to the Camp Nou next season according to the Mirror.
Suarez cast shame on what has been a spectacular World Cup in Brazil when he sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, during their crucial Group D clash earlier in the week, and despite FIFA imposing a four month ban from all football, a nine match ban from international football and a £65,800 fine, Barcelona still look set to press forward with the deal.
Barcelona unfazed by behaviour
The disgraced star has never swayed too far from controversy following similar incidents during his time at PSV, and more recently at Liverpool, however the Catalan giants seem unfazed by his unpredictable behaviour and are ready to meet the £80 million valuation in a player-plus-cash deal.
One wonders why any club would now want to come in for a player that has repeatedly offended in this bizarre fashion, especially a club like Barcelona that had previously built their success with what they would regard as an ethical approach.
That might have applied in the past however in recent times their so called ethical identity is about as questionable as the Uruguayan defence of Suarez following the incident.
Previous transfers involving Fabregas and Neymar suggest that their was no ethics involved in their desire to bring the players to the Camp Nou, not to mention their known association within Qatari football!
And then there is the recent: "El Classico," confrontations between the two bitter rivals which have at times produced breathtaking football, but more often than not resembled an ill disciplined battlefield.
The last 22 clashes between the two have seen 148 yellow and 14 red cards, hardly the performance of two upstanding and ethical clubs.
I am sure if one asks the 18 other La Liga clubs about whether they feel Real Madrid and Barcelona's monopoly on television rights is ethical, the answer itself will breach the ethical code!
Football is a business driven by winning, and acquiring the services of the worlds greatest players remain top of the agenda for the big two in Spain.
Bite or no bite, Suarez remains one of the best players in the world and all Barcelona will be thinking about will be unleashing him on opposition defences alongside Messi, as they go in search of more silverware that eluded the club last year.
Pedro and Sanchez in the deal?
Barcelona are prepared to offer Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez and Pedro in the deal which Liverpool is sure to accept after losing patience in the striker.
Liverpool legend, Phil Thompson, told Newstalk yesterday, that according to sources very close to the club, a deal for Sanchez had already been done, however he wasn't able to clarify if it was part of the Suarez deal.
After today's reports it appears that this could very well be the case, and could signal the end of life for Suarez in the Premiership.
Before the biting incident in Brazil it was clear Suarez was heading to Spain with either Real Madrid or Barcelona, however in recent days, following clarity on the Sanchez move, reports suggesting Falcoa had signed for Real Madrid and comments from close friend Gabri, Barcelona appear to be the only club in the race to sign the striker.
Former Barcelona midfielder and teammate of Suarez, Gabri Garcia, stressed earlier in the week that there was only ever one club that was part of his plans, and that is 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."
The Liverpool board will be working tirelessly behind the scenes to thrash out a deal with Barcelona officials after this latest incident that has brought embarrassment on Liverpool, according to Liverpool legend Thompson.
"First of all he embarrasses himself. With this he brings embarrassment to the football club as one of our employees."
"It is terribly sad for my football club," he added." He has brought shame on a World Cup that has been sensational."
Liverpool fans will reiterate Thompson's comments, and considering they have been resigned to losing their star player, leaving on these terms will be much easier for the Kop to take, especially considering the impending arrival of Sanchez, Pedro and possibly superstar winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich.
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