Suarez wasn't No.1 pick for Barcelona.

Luis Suarez wasn't Barcelona's first choice signing

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Uruguayan international Luis Suarez wasn't Barcelona's number one transfer target, according to the club's former sporting director.

As reported by The Sun, Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed that the Catalans previously attempted to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. 

However, after they failed to secure the signature of the Argentina international, they made their move for Suarez. 


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Suarez, of course, is now an integral member of the club's attacking line, but it could have been different for Luis Enrique at the Camp Nou. 

Zubizarreta stated: “We had a few options. Our first choice was not Suarez — he knows this.

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Aguero failure 

“In the winter, we tried to sign Aguero. But it didn’t come off.

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“In this situation, there was no doubt: Luis Suarez became our only objective.”

In fact, Zubizarreta has admitted that Suarez's antics at the 2014 World Cup actually helped Barcelona sign the player from Liverpool. 

Suarez was embroiled in controversy after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, but this was actually the moment Barcelona stepped up their interest in him.

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The club's ex-sporting director continued by saying: “During the negotiation process, there was the incident with Chiellini.

“This put a lot of doubt into the minds of the clubs who wanted him.

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“His character was being questioned and no one know just how severe the ban would be.

“I thought this was the moment to accelerate the formalities of the signing.”

Brilliant trio 

Now, of course, Suarez is involved in arguably the best attacking line in world football. Alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, Barcelona have a formidable strike force at their disposal.



In fact, all three players found the back of the net as Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao by six goals to nil on Sunday. The enigmatic Suarez struck a cool hat-trick in front of the home faithful. 

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