Monday, 18 January 2016

Suarez Not First Choice - Zubizarreta

Former sporting director of FC Barcelona has dropped a bombshell regarding Luis Suarez’s high profile and highly successful transfer to the Catalan club last summer.

His arrival sparked one of the greatest single-season trophy hauls in European football history, but Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed that Suarez wasn’t even their first choice transfer target!

The Uruguayan was signed from Liverpool for $160 million in July 2014. But Andoni Zubizarreta, who had the final say on transfers at Barca at the time, has revealed that Suarez was only brought to the Nou Camp after an agreement could not be reached for the club’s number one target.

“We had some options. The first was not Suarez. He knows it. In winter we considered the signing of Aguero. That did not work out,” Zubizarreta told Marca.

“In this situation, there was no doubt: Luis Suarez was our only goal.”

Zubizarreta revealed that Aguero was willing to move to Barcelona but talks over a transfer fee with Manchester City broke down.

It’s unlikely Barcelona are too disappointed with their capture of Suarez though, who has been part of a side that has won five trophies in 18 months since his arrival, scoring 54 goals in 72 matches across all competitions.

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