Inter Miami ‘is approaching the signing of Luis Suarez’ with the MLS team ‘believing a deal will be reached shortly’ for Lionel Messi’s former strike partner to join at Barcelona
Inter Miami is in advanced talks to sign Luis Suárez in what would be another impressive signing for the team and Major League Soccer.
Suárez played alongside Lionel Messi in Barcelona and their families were very close. They won the Champions League together, forming an iconic attacking partnership alongside Brazilian striker Neymar.
Gastón Edul, who reports for TyC Sports in Argentina, said Suárez and Miami have been negotiating for months and progress has been made.
Miami co-owner Jorge Mas had previously promised to bring ‘three or four’ more players of Messi’s caliber to Inter Miami.
Suárez, 36, recently played for the Brazilian team Gremio, but enjoyed a brilliant career in Europe. Before Barcelona, he had three electrifying seasons with Liverpool and also played for Ajax and Atlético Madrid.
Lionel Messi could be about to meet with former strike partner Luis Suárez at Inter Miami
Together, Suárez and Messi formed an impressive attacking partnership with Neymar at Barcelona.
But it was playing alongside Messi where he had the best years of his career. In addition to the Champions League in 2015, he won four Spanish Leagues, four Spanish Cups, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
It was recently reported that Suárez said that moving to Miami is ‘impossible’ due to his Gremio contract.
“This is false, it is impossible,” Suárez told the Uruguayan newspaper El Observador. I am very happy at the Guild and I have a contract until 2024.
But now it seems that the situation could have moved on.
There were also fears last month that Suárez could be forced to retire while struggling with knee pain.
This is serious. Suárez has the possibility of being fitted with a prosthesis,’ said the president of Gremio, Alberto Guerra.
He’s had a lot of injections, a lot of medication, he’s reaching the limit, when is the limit? We do not know.
Sergio Busquets has also followed Messi to Miami and another former Barcelona player, defender Jordi Alba, is also expected to complete a move soon.
Suárez, although he enjoyed great success throughout his career, 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; Suárez always denied the accusations.
He was also twice suspended for biting an opponent, once at Liverpool and again playing for Uruguay at the World Cup in 2014.
For Miami, meanwhile, the team urgently needs Messi and Busquets to get a quick start on life in the United States.
The team is last in the Eastern Conference, 12 points from the playoffs. Messi and Busquets are expected to feature in Friday’s League Cup match against Cruz Azul.