Barcelona will have to pay £12m if they want to follow through on their plan to terminate striker Luis Suárez’s contract this summer.
The humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich has kick-started a new era at Camp Nou, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu putting nearly every member of the squad up for sale to try and raise funds for a rebuild.
The coronavirus outbreak has left Barça in a weak financial position, so to try and save some money, the club are considering terminating Suárez’s contract one year early in order to get his huge wage packet off the books.
The main problem is that Suárez does not want to leave the club early. However, he could be convinced to walk away for the right price, and Goal state that the Uruguayan is holding out for £12m in compensation if he is forced out this summer.
He intends to carry on training as normal, despite being informed directly by manager Ronald Koeman that he does not feature in his plans for the upcoming season.
No less than five sides are said to have expressed an interest in Suárez, with Juventus, Ajax and MLS side Inter Miami all named as potential suitors if the 33-year-old does become a free agent this summer.
For Barcelona, the plan has always been to replace Suárez with Inter’s Lautaro Martínez. The Argentine has been linked with a switch to Camp Nou for what feels like an eternity and is thought to have already expressed a desire to make the move.
However, that was before everyone at Barcelona went crazy. Lionel Messi’s transfer request has shaken the foundations at Camp Nou, and according to Corriere dello Sport (via AS), Martínez is more than a little concerned about the club’s handling of Messi’s situation.
The Inter man is now having doubts about moving to Barcelona and could now sign a new contract at San Siro, with life at Barça seemingly getting worse with each passing day.
If Martínez chooses to take himself off the table, Barcelona may be forced to reconsider their desire to cut ties with Suárez, with Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite the only other senior strikers available.
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