Sport Luis Suarez PASSES Italian exam as he pushes for Juventus move
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Luis Suarez was greeted by photographers, journalists and Juventus fans as the Barcelona striker arrived in Perugia to take an Italian exam.
Suarez has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp by new boss Ronald Koeman and that has accelerated interest in him from Italian champions Juventus.
But with Andrea Pirlo limited as to the number of non-EU (European Union) players he can acquire in one window, the club needed Suarez to pass his exam in Perugia and acquire dual nationality to make a transfer possible this month.
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© DOUGLAS MAGNO Luis Suarez during a press conference with the Uruguayan selection in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June 14, 2019 The forward Uruguayan international Luis Suarez is suspected of having cheated, with the help of his teachers, to take an Italian exam last week, a statement from the Perugia (Umbria, center) prosecutor's office said on Tuesday, which opened an investigation.
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Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the player achieved the B1 certification diploma after a one-hour exam.
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Barcelona have been in a state of crisis this summer amid the coronavirus crisis crippling their finances while they were left to pick up the pieces following the huge fall-out from the Lionel Messi transfer saga. Luis Suarez had been given the green light to leave but according to Onda Cero, there has been a significant split in the Barcelona boardroom over the club's choice to allow the experienced striker to join their La Liga rivals.
He was reportedly tested in four key areas: listening and comprehension of oral texts, reading and writing in Italian, how to use Italian on a daily basis and a face to face dialogue to test his speaking skills.
Suarez took part in training with his Barcelona team-mates earlier on Thursday before flying to Perugia for the university exam.
Juventus have already brought in Brazilian international Arthur Melo and Unites States midfielder Weston McKennie this summer, limiting their options in pursuit of the 33-year-old striker.
The transfer deadline closes on October 5 but Suarez's appearance at the university in Perugia on Thursday is the clearest indication yet that he is pushing to secure a move to Turin to join Juventus.
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Suarez arrived in denim shorts, trainers and a white Puma t-shirt as he was seen wearing a face mask due to the ongoing health concerns for players amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There were reported jeers on his arrival at the university with some passers-by making jokes about Giorgio Chiellini, who Suarez famously bit at the 2014 World Cup when playing against Italy for Uruguay.
Juventus had been said to have become pessimistic about the finer details of the deal being worked out by passing an Italian language exam is a major step forward for Suarez's hopes of securing the move.
Koeman appeared to offer no olive branch of a return for Suarez after Barcelona's 3-1 friendly win over Girona on Wednesday.
'I've spoken to him about his future and we are waiting to see whether or not he leaves, we still don't know,' Koeman told Catalan network TV3.
'But we respect every contract here and if in the end he does not find a club and he stays, he will be just like any other player in the squad.'
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PETE JENSON: At the end of last season Simeone's nose twitched when it became clear Barcelona were booting out Suarez. He had always wanted the club to sign the Barcelona star.At the end of last season Simeone's nose twitched when it became clear Barcelona were booting out their third all-time highest scorer. He had always wanted the club to sign Suarez and had, in the same breath, always seen it as impossible. The deal still looked very hard to make work.
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