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Luis Suarez happy to welcome Luciano Vietto to Barcelona

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Luis Suarez has called on Barcelona to make a move to sign Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto after Luis Enrique confirmed he was in the market for a new striker.

While Suarez is likely to remain the first-choice front man at Camp Nou next season, Enrique admitted he wanted another option to add a different dimension to the one the Uruguayan currently offers.

He told reporters: "We're looking for a pure striker, who moves close to the area without dropping wide, because we have a lot of players for the wings, like Denis, Arda [Turan], Andres [Iniesta]. [We want] a true striker, who has goals."

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And Suarez believes Vietto fits the bill perfectly despite struggling to get first team action under Diego Simeone at the Vicente Calderon last season.

In fact, the 2015/16 campaign was certainly one to forget for the 22-year-old. He managed just one La Liga goal in 19 appearances for Atleti and a further two in other competitions.

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However, it was the 2014/15 campaign where he proved his quality, scoring 18 goals for Villarreal and creating a further six.

Good enough for Barca

And it was in that campaign that Suarez believes the Argentinian proved he was good enough to be his backup man for the Blaugrana.

"Vietto is a great player," Suarez said at a news conference. "I really liked him when he played at Villarreal.

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"He has not been getting a lot of opportunities at Atletico, but there is no doubt about his quality. He is a player who could add a lot. Whichever attacker arrives is more than welcome, because he will contribute a lot to our objectives of winning titles."

Barcelona have already blown most of their budget on Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, agreeing a €50m deal, and will require around €20m to sign Vietto from their title rivals.

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