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

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 6 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 6 months
Standings

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 6 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 6 months

Most read