Lionel Messi

Messi and Suarez will influence each other's next move, says Uruguayan's agent

Alejandro Balbi reckons the pair will be in close contact over the summer as they both figure out their next club

 
10:58am on Thursday 27th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Luis Suarez's agent Alejandro Balbi believes his client and Lionel Messi will have an influence over each other in determining their next career moves.

Late last week, Suarez was told by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he had not future at the club and that his contract would likely be terminated.

Then, on Tuesday of this week, Messi informed the club via fax of his desire to leave, with the treatment of his friend Suarez adding to his already long list of problems with the Barca board.

The pair have developed a bond both on and off the pitch, with them regularly holidaying together with their families.

Balbi thinks their close friendship could play a part in where each player decides to go, should they ultimately move on from the Camp Nou.

READ MORE:

Does Messi want to leave Barcelona? No. Could he? Yes...

The terrible 2020 which led to Lionel Messi's Barcelona ultimatum

'Messi already has a new club - Inter'

Five reasons why you shouldn't sign Lionel Messi

"Messi's future will have an influence on Suarez's because they are best friends, they get along on and off the pitch," Suarez's agent told TyC Sports.

"There is a lot of brotherly love between Messi and Suarez, they are inseparable, always together."

Turning attention to his client, Balbi has revealed that Suarez has had plenty of offers since the news broke about his exit.

"The offers are raining down from all sides because he is a great goalscorer in world football," he added.

"There is a backdrop [to Suarez being told to leave] which is not wholly about sport. His family lives in Barcelona and this is not the typical case of most players who can up and leave. He will have to work it out with the family."

Messi currently has a €700m release clause in his current contract, but is arguing that a previous clause allowing him to leave for free still stands due to the season being extended due to the pandemic.

Latest news

Predicted XI

Aguero to start? How Barcelona could line up against Dynamo Kyiv

Sergio Aguero made his Barcelona debut off the bench against Valencia at the weekend, so is a first start expected in the Champions League?

  • 15 hours
Predicted XI

Rashford to start? How Man Utd could line up against Atalanta

After a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Leicester, Manchester United need a reaction, and their clash with Atalanta is the perfect chance to put things right.

  • 15 hours
Predicted XI

Mount and Silva to return? How Chelsea could line up against Malmo

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side host Malmo in their third group stage game of this season's Champions League. What will the starting XI look like?

  • 16 hours
European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Haaland & Lewandowski reach Benzema

Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski both surged up the standings in the race to score the most goals in Europe this season.

  • 19 hours
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Vardy lead the way

The Liverpool forward is leading the race for Golden Boot glory on seven goals along with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

  • 19 hours
Standings

La Liga Table: Real Sociedad end weekend on top as Barca win

Real Sociedad end the weekend on top of the table as Barcelona eased the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman by beating Valencia.

  • 1 day

Most read