The 27-year-old Liverpool forward is heavily linked with an £80 million move to Barcelona as the Reds look to cash in on the Uruguay striker - who has been slapped with a four-month ban from football for his biting of Italy’s Georgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.
Suarez had previously been linked with Barcelona’s La Liga rivals Real Madrid last summer and continuing into the January transfer window but after the Premier League Golden Boot winner signed a new deal to stay on at Anfield until 2018, it had looked as though he was set to stay for the foreseeable future.
However, this latest incident, his third misconduct charge for biting an opponent on the pitch, it appears Liverpool are resigned to offloading the striker who, despite his exceptional talent, has become something of a liability for the club and it’s associates.
Whilst Barcelona are thought to be the interested party, little has been said of Real Madrid’s loss of interest in the striker whom it had seemed they coveted and regarded so highly in previous transfer windows. But Manchester United legend and former England midfielder Paul Scholes believes the Spanish capital would be better suited to Suarez’ talents than their Catalan rivals.
“If Luis Suarez does sign for Barcelona from Liverpool, will Lionel Messi ‘accept’ him? Suarez is a centre forward and he won’t want to play out wide. I can’t see Suarez and Messi linking well together,” Scholes wrote on his Paddy Power blog.
“It seems to me, if Messi likes you, you’ll play. If he doesn’t, you’re wasting your time. And, to be honest, I think Suarez is making a bit of a mistake going to Barcelona – he’d be better suited to Real Madrid.”
The former Red Devils’ veteran knows a thing or two about big talent and big egos alike, having worked alongside the likes of David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Scholes may indeed be right that Messi’s level of control over the Camp Nou is unrivalled – we have seen with his former on-field spats with Spain striker David Villa that if the Argentine doesn’t want you in the team, you don’t play and, eventually, you leave.