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Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Luis Suarez and Other World-Class Targets

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 14:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool faces the media during the presentation as new Ambassador for 888poker on May 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Barcelona endured a season to forget last term, bowing out with just the Supercopa de Espana on their honours list, as their bitter rivals dominated the European game.

With Madrid sides Atletico and Real winning La Liga and the Champions League respectively, Barcelona will be looking to do everything in their power to regain their tag as football’s superpower next season and will look to the transfer window as their means of doing so.

Though Barcelona boast one of the most star-studded squads in the world, something seems to be missing, and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could be a vital piece to the Catalan giants’ puzzle.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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For everything said about Suarez off the pitch, he remains one of the best players on the planet, and his 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last term certainly proved as much—per WhoScored.com.

Though the 27-year-old now faces a four-month ban from football for an alleged bite on Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s crunch Group D match with Italy in the World Cup, Barcelona haven’t been put off securing his signature.

Manager Luis Enrique is reportedly keen to bring Suarez to the Camp Nou and Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague told Sky Sports News that discussions are ongoing—per Sky Sports:

It is quite clear that Barcelona and Real Madrid have not been put off by the situation but Barcelona at least will want Suarez to apologise at some point because that has been missing. There is no doubt whatsoever that Barcelona still want the player.

What Barcelona would like perhaps is bringing that price down and taking advantage of the situation. In any case negotiations will continue. There have been conversations taking place at the highest level. The president of Barcelona (Josep Maria) Bartomeu has taken over the conversations.

Enrique and Co. will be hoping that Suarez’s long ban will bring his reported €80 million price tag down, but he’d be worth every penny.

When he lets his feet do the talking, Suarez is undoubtedly one of the best in the business and isn’t out of his depth being mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo—something that Match of the Day host Gary Lineker agrees with:

His finishing ability, combined with his awareness of players around him, would make him a perfect fit at Barcelona, as he’d have to share the limelight up front with Messi and Neymar.

It all comes down to whether or not the Uruguayan can keep his teeth to himself when and if he slips on the Barcelona shirt, as having a player who has such frequent moments of madness is somewhat of a risk.

Jun 24, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) sits on the ground checking his mouth after he allegedly bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini (3) during the second half of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in a 2014 World Cup
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Barcelona look ready to take such a risk, though, and they could use either Alexis Sanchez or Pedro to sweeten the deal for Liverpool by sending one of them in the opposite direction.

There’s no question that Suarez would be a sensation at the Camp Nou, and he reportedly already has the approval of star man, Messi—per Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

Hopkinson reported that Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta met with the Argentinian striker to discuss bringing Suarez to the club before the World Cup, and Messi is said to have been right behind the move.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 03:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on  during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Nou Camp on May 3, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Why wouldn’t he be, though? With Suarez feeding Messi and vice-versa, the pair could eclipse their respective goal tallies from last season and fire Barcelona to the glory that their fans demand.

Though Suarez has been dominating the headlines of late, Barcelona have also been rumoured to be interested in former Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain.

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 06:  Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli with Tim Cup before the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on May 6, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Currently plying his trade with Napoli, Higuain is similar to Suarez in terms of being lethal in front of goal, but he played down the possible move to Catalonia, insisting that he was happy in Naples—per John Drayton of the Daily Mail:

“I know nothing about Barcelona and I feel good at Napoli. But now, I want to think only about the World Cup.”

Higuain would undoubtedly also have the approval of Messi, his international colleague, but there really is a gulf in class between the Napoli man and Suarez.

Suarez could be the player to bring the glory days back to Barcelona, and while his arrival won’t come cheap, it’ll be money well spent for the Spanish giants.

Cesc Fabregas’ exit also means that Enrique could be on the lookout for a replacement in the heart of midfield, but it’s his front line that’s set to get all the attention in the coming months.

While Suarez often leaves us all perplexed with his actions, moving to Barcelona would finally be a sensible call in the roller coaster career of the Uruguayan.

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