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Transfer Balls: Luis Saurez Leaves Liverpool To Be A FIFA Ambassador In Barcelona

by | 2nd, July 2014



TRANSFER Balls presents the Daily Luis Suarez a round-up of news on the Liverpool striker?

Barcelona are increasing their charm offensive by seducing the player with honeyed words.

The Mirror hears Barcelona’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta hail Suarez:

“Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important. He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do.”

And because this is about self-aggrandising (“More than a Club”) Barcelona, there is the usual cheesy balls:

“Everyone knows that Luis is an excellent player, everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player.”

See how respectful Barcelona are of contracts and other clubs. They would never unsettle another team’s players. Unless…

“Regardless of whether the club signs him or not, his quality is unquestionable. He has shown a lot of quality with Uruguay and scored more than 30 goals with Liverpool, so he has the necessary quality to play for Barca.”

Because Barcelona only buy the very best, Mr Bond. See: Alex Song.

This pursuit of Suarez is to be discussed not only in self-serving press briefings. The BBC reports:

Barcelona will begin negotiations with Liverpool on Wednesday over a deal for Reds striker Luis Suarez. Officials from both clubs will meet in London to discuss a deal for the 27-year-old Uruguay international. Suarez, who has four years remaining on his Liverpool contract, is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Georgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

Liverpool are likely to accept an offer of £80m for Suarez, who joined for £22.7m from Ajax in 2011. However, Barcelona are understood to want to pay closer to £60m.

Good for Liverpool. Barcelona’s plan is, as ever, to polish the player’s ego, wheel out lots of players to say how they have posters of Suarez on their bedroom walls and knock the price down.

As for Suarez, well, he’s contrite-to-deadline, telling one and all in a prepared statement:

“The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.”

At which point Anorak places its hands over its mouth to hold back the puke. The Football Family bilge is an FIFA invention. Suarez or whoever wrote his mea culpa is well-versed in FIFA schmooze. But if they really want that four-month ban reduced, a few million in used tenners to Mr FIFA should do

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