Transfer Balls: Messi & Luis Suarez Cheslea and Manchester City bound?
THE Premier League has a lot of money, so every time someone half-decent flutters their eyelashes at the transfer market, there’s a good chance that player will be wooed by an English team.
With that, the Premier League could well see two of the world’s most famous players – although, famous for different reasons. Barcelona are having some problems with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who could both be dreaming of England and potentially starring in MOTD 2’s ‘2 Good 2 Bad’ section (which is all any player wants).
At the Nou Camp, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been under pressure as things aren’t running as smoothly as they have been. There’s a lot of chatter about a rift with Lionel Messi, who has been linked with a move to England for a while now. Reports say that Messi and Enrique fought through training last week, which the Barca coach refers to as “inaccurate and ill intentioned”.
However, while there’s (rumoured) disquiet, the teams with the biggest bank accounts will start circling. Of course, PSG will have taken note, but in England, it’ll be a dogfight between Chelsea and Manchester City. A Catalan radio station has said Stamford Bridge has been in touch with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, and have said that they’ll stump up the £196m for the buyout clause.
That’s not all.
With Barca sacking sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and former club captain Carles Puyol resigning on the same day, the president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called for presidential elections to come, and quickly! Things are being shaken up.
There’s a potential for Messi’s exit, as well as a transfer for Luis Suarez. He’s not exactly set La Liga on fire, and seeing as it has been reported that he cost Barcelona £75m, they might want to offload him, in a similar way they parted ways with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If there’s a willing buyer, Suarez would be a goner.
However, complicating everything even further, is the small matter of Barca being under a FIFA-imposed transfer embargo, thanks to the signing over underage players.
If the bosses at Nou Camp can work around it, then Suarez and Messi could be off! With Liverpool’s season stuttering, you’d have to assume that they’d find the cash to bring Suarez back to Anfield. However, with Chelsea and Manchester City fighting over Messi, either of those sides would surely sniff around Suarez too, should they lose out on King Lionel.
Will January see two of the most outrageous signings the Premier League has ever seen? Well, seeing as the English top flight is known for grotesque displays of wealth, they might as well do it properly.
Let’s get Suarez and Messi over here, and now.