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PSG and Juventus to make moves for Luis Suárez

The Ligue 1 side have a spare €20m a season after the departures of Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva while Juventus want the Uruguayan to replace Higuaín.

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PSG and Juventus to make moves for Luis Suárez
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Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have emerged as favourites to sign Luis Suárez from Barcelona after the Uruguay forward was told by incoming coach Ronald Koeman that his services are no longer required at Camp Nou. Atlético Madrid were reportedly interested in Suárez and there were rumours of a move to MLS, but the 33-year-old now appears set to sample a different European league with the Ligue 1 and Serie A champions both sizing up a move for the striker.

PSG have already made contact with Suárez’s camp and see him as a star summer signing and are eager to reunite the Uruguayan with his former Barcelona strike partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. The Brazilian has apparently backed the move for Suárez and has made overtures to his friend to join him in Paris.

Although PSG have already splashed out €60m to make Mauro Icardi’s loan move from Inter Milan permanent, the departures of Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva not only free up a position in the attacking department but also some €20m on the club’s wage bill. Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has also left the club, allowing Thomas Tuchel the luxury of attempting to bring Suárez in.

With the departures of Cavani and Choupo-Moting, Icardi is PSG’s only out and out centre forward and Suárez could be added to either provide competition or work in tandem with the Argentinean in what would be a formidable forward line for the 2020-21 season.

Juventus also see Suárez as a viable addition

Juventus have also been considering a move for Suárez as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuaín, who finds himself in the same position in Turin as the Uruguayan does in Catalonia after being told he can look for a new club despite also having a year left on his contract.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve have offered Suárez €10m a year to partner Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala in a potential attacking triumvirate that Andrea Pirlo will hope can translate domestic dominance into European success after a lengthy wait for the Turin club to lay their hands on the continent’s top club prize again.