Much has been said about Messi’s more than likely departure from Barcelona, but the truth is that Luis Suárez is one of the main victims of the revolution that the Catalan club intends to implement in its squad following the arrival of Ronald Koeman. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, seems to be the next club that the Uruguayan international will represent.
CR7 + SUÁREZ, A FEARSOME DUO
The announcement about the signing of the Uruguayan international for the Italian champions Juventus should be for hours. According to the press, they had already completed the terms of the agreement that will make Luis Suárez leave Barcelona for Turin.
This will be a huge addition to the squad led by Andrea Pirlo, who sees the player arrive at Juventus at zero cost.
According to the news published by ‘Gazzetta Dello Sport‘, the Uruguayan is expecting a payout in the order of 15 million euros, while Gonzalo Higuaín is preparing to leave the club (towards MLS) and the renewal process of Paulo Dybala may know new developments.
What most thrills the ‘Vecchia Signora’ supporters and football fans in general is the creation of a new duo, formed by Luis Suárez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Two players whose careers speak for themselves and who, at an advanced stage of their careers, still have the physical and technical conditions to guarantee an extremely attractive amount of goals per year.
Besides this, Juventus can also count with Dybala, and it’s very likely that Pirlo will fit all the three players into his starting lineup and therefore have at his disposal a very high quality trio, either by CR7’s finishing ability, the intelligence of Suárez’s movement or the very fine technique of the Argentinean international in terms of creating and finishing.
THE “BEAST” ADAPTATION TO THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Owner of an absolutely enviable curriculum and a career where he spent, in the last decade, three and a half years serving Liverpool in the Premier League and the last six with Barcelona colors, after emerging at Ajax, Luis Suarez could have in Serie A the perfect “habitat” to continue to perform at the highest level in the coming years.
The truth is that at the age of 33, the Uruguayan international (59 goals in 113 games for “La Celeste”) is still showing his quality.
In 2019/20 season, Barcelona failed at every level and much has been said about the lack of quality in the “culés” squad aswel as the yeld drop of their main players.
The truth is that, in the last season, Luis Suarez scored less goals than in the seven previous seasons, but the record of 21 goals in 36 games generates a goal ratio who even surpasses the previous records (for example, the 25 goals in 49 games in 18/19 or the 31 goals in 51 games in 17/18).
The success cases of players heading to the Italian championship in the most mature phase of their careers have not been such a rare thing, so I consider that the conjucture of the Serie A itself may facilitate Luis Suarez’s adaptation.
Seen as a championship where the under goal line is historically a tendency and where the defenses were the strengths of the great majority of the teams, Serie A nowadays has radically changed that characteristic, being even one of the main European championships where more goals are scored.
The reasons are essentially two factors: the implementation of more offensive dynamics by several coaches (even in teams that do not fight for the top of the table, and we can look at the cases of Sassuolo, Verona or Parma, just to mention three examples), but also a considerable drop in the defensive efficiency of the teams.
WHAT IS DELAYING THE HIRING
From a financial point of view, it is certain that Suarez will join the list of Juventus highest paid players, but securing the Uruguayan forward at zero cost was a master move by the “bianconera” side.
With a market value fixed at 28 million euros, Suárez is now the last year of the contract that links him to Barcelona, with whom the player will be negotiating a friendly departure at zero cost, mainly because he will not be part of Koeman’s plan for the team, from whom he had received a walking guide.
According to press reports, the Uruguayan intends to receive 24 million euros worth of wages from the Catalan side, to which he would be entitled until the expiration date of his contract with Barcelona.
In addition, issues related to Luis Suárez passport, to whom Juventus intends to be granted European citizenship (in order not to cover one of the three extra-Community vacancies), will be delaying the arrival of the player at Turin to settle things up and be presented.