Barcelona are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, with reports in the Spanish press suggesting that a €79 million fee has already been agreed between the two clubs.
The Uruguayan international joined the Reds in the 2011 January transfer window, and his three-and-a-half-year stay on Merseyside has been marred with controversy.
The club stood by the player through his suspensions for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra and for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but his World Cup antics appear to be an incident too far.
On the other hand, Barcelona are willing to gamble on the striker, although a transfer may not go down well with many supporters.
Barcelona defender Marc Bartra, however, has told the press during Saturday’s Nike promotion camp that the 27-year-old would be a welcome addition in the Catalan giants' dressing room.
“For me he is a great player and if he joins, he will be welcome,” he is quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.
The thought of Suarez joining up with fellow South Americans Lionel Messi and Neymar in a three-prong attack is certain to get the footballing purists purring, and the competition with Real Madrid’s trio of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo would be compelling.
In 33 Premier League starts for Liverpool last season, Suarez netted 31 goals and provided 12 assists. Alongside Neymar and Messi, his efficiency in front of goal may even increase further.