Having been linked with a move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Barcelona could face some unlikely competition for the player’s signature from Kosovan Superleague side Hajvalia.
After being hit with a four-month ban from football for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, it looked as though we weren’t going to be seeing Suarez in action until November. But Hajvalia have offered the Uruguayan the chance to escape the FIFA-imposed ban by taking the player on a four-month loan and outside the governing body's jurisdiction.
Kosovo have yet to become full members of FIFA, and as such, club director Xhavit Pacolli told Sport Plus that the player could potentially get some playing time for Hajvalia, who finished in sixth place in last season’s Kosovo Superleague (h/t Mark Ogden of The Daily Telegraph):
"Suarez can't play in the next four months," said Pacolli. "As we are not part of FIFA yet, I think he can play in Kosovo, so we have an offer that we will send to Liverpool."
The offer would see the Kosovan outfit pay the Reds £25,000 up front and the player a salary of £1,200 a month, “the maximum we can offer,” according to Pacolli.
While it may seem a little far-fetched, it seems to be a proposition that Hajvalia are very serious about. They would be able to offer the player competitive football after all, albeit at a level not comparable to the Premier League.
Football writer Liam Andrews thinks that Liverpool should send Suarez on loan just to spite FIFA:
But it’s very difficult to see both Liverpool and the player agreeing to a deal. Suarez has been linked with an £80 million move to Barcelona, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, and the 27-year-old is also set to embark on an appeal process, having drafted in sports lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo to help fight the ban, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The ambition of Hajvalia has to be admired, though. Even though this is a deal that is likely to be dismissed out of hand, they’ve created something of a stir on social media and have become a recognisable name across the continent in doing so.
If they were to somehow pull off a temporary deal for the mercurial Uruguayan, it would be nothing short of stunning. But given the value of the player to Liverpool and the appeal process Suarez and his team look set to undergo, it looks very unlikely indeed.