Inter Miami ‘close to signing Luis Suarez’ with MLS side ‘confident a deal will be done soon’ to join Lionel Messi’s former Barcelona strike partner
Inter Miami are in advanced talks to sign Luis Suarez in another stunning deal for the team and Major League Soccer.
Suarez played with Lionel Messi at Barcelona and their families were very close. They won the Champions League together – forming an iconic strike partnership with Brazil forward Neymar.
Gaston Edul, who reports for Argentina’s TyC Sports, says Suarez and Miami have been in talks for months and progress has been made.
Miami co-owner Jorge Mas has previously promised to bring ‘three or four’ more Messi-like players to Inter Miami.
Suarez, 36, was most recently playing for Brazilian side Gremio but enjoyed a brilliant career in Europe. Before Barcelona, he spent three electrifying seasons with Liverpool and also played for Ajax and Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi could reunite with former strike partner Luis Suarez at Inter Miami
But playing with Messi led to the best years of his career. In addition to Champions League glory in 2015, they have won four Spanish league titles, four Spanish Cups, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Suarez recently said a move to Miami was ‘impossible’ due to his contract at Gremio.
‘It’s false, it’s impossible,’ Suarez told Uruguayan newspaper El Observer. ‘I am very happy at Gremio and I have a contract until 2024.’
But now it appears that the situation may escalate.
There were also fears last month that Suarez could be forced to retire as he struggles with knee pain.
It’s serious. Gremio president Alberto Guerra said Suarez is likely to be fitted with a prosthesis.
‘He’s had too many injections, too many drugs, he’s reached the limit, when is the limit? We don’t know.’
Sergio Busquets has also followed Messi to Miami and another former Barcelona player, defender Jordi Alba, is expected to complete a move soon.
Suarez has enjoyed great success throughout his career but has been a controversial figure in the past.
At Liverpool, he was banned for eight games after the English Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra – a charge Suarez has always denied.
He was also banned twice for biting an opponent – once at Liverpool and again for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup.
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