Trying to completely understand what is happening at Barcelona these days is a rabbit hole that you might spend hours going down. There’s a lot going on — and it’s the kind of situation where there’s likely going to be a lot of big names leaving, and one staying even though it kinda-sorta sounded like he doesn’t totally want to be there.
One thing we do know: Juventus want to sign a Barcelona player to add to the Barcelona player they’ve already signed earlier this summer.
And that Barcelona player who might join Juve is now a step closer to joining Juve.
According to reports out of Spain from both MARCA and Mundo Deportivo, Juventus and Luis Suarez have agreed to personal terms on a two-year contract that will see the 33-year-old striker earn a salary of €10 million net. These come off the back of reports from ESPN and BBC Sport around 24 hours earlier that essentially said the same thing about a contract being agreed to between the player and his potential new club.
Although, as we know, the sticking point between Suarez coming to Juventus will be just how he is able to negotiate his exit away from Barcelona considering he still has one more year left on his current contract at the club. The reported differences between the player and Barca is just how much of his current salary will he be owed if he is to have his contract bought out over the course of the next week or two.
For Juventus, the sooner that gets resolved the better seeing as Suarez has emerged as the No. 1 target to fill the No. 9 spot for new manager Andrea Pirlo now that Edin Dzeko doesn’t seem all that likely to leave Roma this summer. The sooner Suarez can negotiate his departure from Barcelona, the sooner he can sign with Juventus and start to get some kind of chemistry up front with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
Or maybe the fact that his good buddy Lionel Messi is suddenly staying at Barcelona — yeah, that situation is only going to get even worse, isn’t it? — changes things.
I really don’t know at this point. But the only good thing to come out of this is that the reported length of Suarez’s contract with Juventus if he does end up coming to Italy is only going to be two years, and that’s just about how long you think a player of his age has left.