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Suarez 'could spend season in the stand' if Juve move breaks down

The Uruguayan has been told by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou

 
11:37am on Monday 14th September 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Luis Suarez could spend the 2020/21 season in the stands at the Camp Nou if his proposed move to Juventus does not happen this summer.

The former Liverpool striker is on the cusp of a move to the Serie A champions, but there are financial issues which need to be addressed with Barcelona before he can leave.

According to ESPN, Suarez believes that because he is ultimately being forced out of the club, then he should be compensated for the final year of his contract which would see him earn around €25m.

Barcelona are of the opinion that any compensation should be minimal due to the face that they are willing to let Suarez join Juventus for a nominal fee.

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If any compensation cannot be negotiated and the Juventus deal falls through, there are Barcelona officials who are happy to let Suarez sit in the stands and not play for the entire campaign should new head coach Ronald Koeman desire.

When the Dutchman took the reigns at Barca after the departure of Quique Setien, one of the first tasks he undertook was to inform Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal that they had no future at the club.

Rakitic has already been sold to Sevilla while Vidal is reportedly close to a move to Inter.

Suarez has been a huge success at Barcelona since his move from Liverpool six years ago and is now their third highest goalscorer of all time.

However, like many of the other Blaugrana players he received criticism for his performances in the 2019/20 campaign which saw the club fail to win a trophy for the first time in 12 years.

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