It seems that Barcelona’s pursuit of Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s 27 year-old star striker and Uruguay’s World Cup saviour, is reaching a climax. According to lots of sources, including the BBC, the two clubs have met in London and are discussing a deal which could be completed in 48 hours.
Liverpool have apparently been angling for a fee close to world record of £80m, while Barcelona have stated that they want a money only transfer, putting to rest rumours of a swap deal involving their Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (allowing the possibility for a move to Arsenal for £22m).
In spite of Suarez’s 4-month ban from any football-related activity, FIFA disciplinary chief Claudio Sulser has said that a medical examination for a transfer would be acceptable to the organisation.
Bizarrely Abkhazian club Nart FC have offered Suarez the chance to continue to play football.
The territory of The Republic of Abkhazia has not been widely recognised by the international community and its football association is not part of FIFA, meaning the limits placed by the organisation do not stand if Suarez decides to transfer there.
The club have said that Suarez must understand that they will not be able to provide him with the same financial packages as Liverpool or Barcelona (surely not!?) but they will allow him to play in order to retain match fitness until the end of the 4-month ban.
Other teams Suarez could theoretically play for from countries outside of FIFA include…
Mundu F.C (Zanzibar)
IF FRAM (Aaland Islands)
Loko-Gums Gudermes (Chechnya)
So Luis, fancy a few months in the Arctic?
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