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Luis Suarez found himself in the headlines again this week, although even Liverpool supporters might not have been overly impressed.
In his role at the World Cup, the Anfield star struck twice to defeat England in their Group D match, despite having only just recovered from knee surgery.
It was a devastating blow for the Three Lions, but it ensured Suarez's place in the affection of his native country.
However, while Reds fans were digesting the dilemma of not cheering on a Suarez double, there was worse to follow as the Spanish media cranked up the transfer rumours linking the former Ajax man with a move to La Liga.
This time, though, it was Barcelona who were deemed to be the interested party, with Fernando Polo and Xavi Munos of Mundo Deportivo reporting that a €65 million (£52 million, according to Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star) buyout clause exists if either the Camp Nou club or Real Madrid come calling.
Suarez, of course, signed a bumper new deal at Liverpool in December to assuage any thoughts of him leaving, while the player himself has voiced his contentment at the Merseyside club.
Suarez has previously been linked with Real Madrid, and Bernabeu head coach Carlo Ancelotti aired his admiration of the player earlier this month, as Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail reported.
The Real Madrid head coach is quoted as saying:
It is difficult to improve what we have.
Luis Suarez is a fantastic player, but it is disrespectful to talk about a transfer now.
We're in no rush and we don't need to bring in a lot of players. We have until August 31.
In the wake of the two-goal salvo against England, it would be easy to argue the Suarez link the following morning was simply a ploy to ensure hits on a newspaper website and boost sales.
But despite Suarez's proclamations that he is happy to stay at Liverpool, these rumours refuse to disappear.
And the potential appearance of Barcelona on the horizon offers up an intriguing possibility of Suarez's football and personal lives intertwining.
Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reported in December how Suarez focused on football in a bid to ensure a move to Europe to be near his girlfriend, now wife, Sofia, who had left Uruguay with her parents to return to Spain.
Add in the fact that Mrs. Suarez's family lives near Barcelona, and there could be more to this than meets the cynical eye.
Believability meter: Medium
This rumour really isn't going to go away, and Liverpool fans are facing an anxious summer no matter what is said or reported.
Suarez is a man with strong family ties, and if he can follow his girl across the Atlantic Ocean, a comparatively shorter trip between Liverpool and Barcelona will be no problem at all to keep his family happy.