Luis Suarez is reportedly determined to ‘punish’ Barcelona for pushing him out, but that could in turn delay his transfer to Juventus, opening up the Edinson Cavani option.
According to Sky Sport Italia and Calciomercato.com, the Uruguay international is furious at being shoved aside by new coach Ronald Koeman, who it’s rumoured told him to find a new club during a 90-second telephone conversation.
He still has a year left on his contract, with an option to extend by another season, so wants to make the Blaugrana pay every penny.
Juve would rather he just break away by negotiating a termination by mutual consent and begin pre-season training with his new club as soon as possible.
The longer the situation drags on, the more likely it is the Bianconeri will look at other alternatives.
There’s no shortage of them, from Roma veteran Edin Dzeko to Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik, but above all now free agent Edinson Cavani.
Born just a month apart from Suarez and with similar wage demands – €10m per season plus bonuses – Cavani already knows Serie A and has an Italian passport.
The former Palermo, Napoli and PSG hitman would also be available immediately.