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Sport Atlético tries to grab opportunity to sign Luis Suárez

16:46  22 september  2020
16:46  22 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Diego Simeone jumped at the chance to sign Luis Suarez for Atletico Madrid this summer. When the Uruguayan striker was first put up for sale by Barcelona in The Atletico boss couldn't resist the opportunity to bring Suarez to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano because of the kind of striker he is.

A move for Suárez would enable Atlético to send Álvaro Morata back Juve on loan, and Diego Simeone to pair the former Liverpool striker with Diego Costa up front. The Liverpool Echo reports the club are in talks to sign the Colombian international, who found himself squeezed out of the first-team

MADRID (AP) — It had been a quiet transfer window for Atlético Madrid.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts after Bayern Munich scored during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Gerard Piqué says Barcelona © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts after Bayern Munich scored during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Gerard Piqué says Barcelona "hit rock bottom" in an 8-2 humiliation from Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. It's 74 years since Barcelona conceded eight goals in a game. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool)

The Spanish club didn’t plan on making any big signings or selling any of its top players from last season. After all, it had just gone through one of its biggest revamps under coach Diego Simeone following the departure of key players such as Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godín and Filipe Luis.

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Atletico Madrid have been working on an agreement with Luis Suarez to sign the 33-year-old striker on a free transfer. If it comes to fruition, the Uruguay While Atletico Madrid are insisting that they have not yet finalised an agreement, the reality is that Suarez is very close to joining Los Rojiblancos.

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Following a transitional year with a series of new players, including Portuguese forward João Félix, Simeone had his squad set and was celebrating the opportunity to enter the new season without major squad changes.

Then Luis Suárez suddenly became available, and Atlético didn’t waste any time going after the talented striker who thrived with Barcelona but was not wanted by incoming coach Ronald Koeman.

There has been nothing official announced by the clubs yet, but Spanish media said Atlético was close to adding the Uruguayan to its squad. The holdup was with Barcelona, which was reportedly making things difficult because it didn’t want Suárez to join one of its biggest rivals domestically.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez gestures as he leaves the pitch after the the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Bayern won the match 8-2. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Luis Suarez gestures as he leaves the pitch after the the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Bayern won the match 8-2. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP)

Atlético didn’t appear to be in the running to sign Suárez when Koeman told the striker he was not in his plans last month. Suárez appeared set to join Juventus in Italy, and had even taken a test to receive a European passport that could help him complete the move.

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ATLETICO MADRID are ready to steal in and grab Luis Suarez - as his Juventus switch stalls. The former Liverpool striker had been set to move to But this switch is in jeopardy as Juve are set to sign ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko for £15m from Roma. Barca star Suarez had sat an Italian

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But new developments have worked in Atlético’s favor in recent days, as Juventus reportedly gave up on the deal with Suárez because the passport process would take too long. Also, Italian authorities said they were investigating whether Suárez was illegally helped to pass the Italian language exam that was a requirement for him to receive the passport.

With Suárez not in its plans anymore, Juventus had to look for another forward, and the one it wanted was Atlético’s Álvaro Morata, who reportedly already underwent a medical to join the Italian champions.

Morata’s eventual departure would clear space in Atlético’s budget to bring in Suárez, a player often praised by Simeone and who carries that same hard-working, never-give-up attitude as the Argentine coach.

Suárez would fit in well on Atlético’s squad, which would be left with Diego Costa as its main striker if the Morata deal with Juventus was confirmed. Suárez scored 21 goals for Barcelona last season, the same amount as Costa (five) and Morata (16) combined for Atlético. Félix, who arrived to replace Griezmann, has yet to meet expectations and had only nine goals in his debut season.

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Luis Suarez is set to join Atletico Madrid on a free transfer while Juventus are in talks to sign Alvaro Morata on loan, according to reports. According to RAC1, Luis Suarez has struck an agreement with Barcelona to terminate his contract with immediate effect, meaning he can leave the Catalan club on a

Suarez is now studying a host of offers on the table to determine his next club with La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid among the favourites for his signature. And Alvaro Morata is now also on the verge of signing for the Italians from Atletico - opening the door for Suarez to replace him.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez grimaces after being fouled during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Luis Suarez grimaces after being fouled during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool)

Many in Spain said the deal to sign Suárez was all but done, as he had reached an agreement to end his contract with Barcelona and could leave for free. But Barcelona reportedly backtracked and said the deal has yet to be finalized. The Mundo Deportivo daily said Barcelona at the last minute included Atlético on the list of teams to which Suárez couldn’t leave for free, along with others such as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Bayern's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer clears the ball from Barcelona's Luis Suarez during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Bayern's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer clears the ball from Barcelona's Luis Suarez during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP)

With or without Suárez, Atlético will make its Spanish league debut on Sunday against Granada at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Atlético’s first two games were postponed because it played late into last season in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Barcelona and Europa League champion Sevilla also had their first two games postponed.

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Luis Suárez ’s time with FC Barcelona is coming to an end. According to information acquired by Catalan radio station RAC1, the striker and Barça have Atlético want Suárez for free - Juventus change plans. Despite higher offer from Leeds: RB Leipzig set to sign Dinamo Zagreb’s Gvardiol.

FC Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has agreed to sign a two-year contract with Atletico Madrid, Mundo Deportivo reports. FC Barcelona are ready to compensate the 33-year-old footballer’s salary until the end of the season. The footballer’s contract with FC Barcelona will end in June 2021

Atlético's morning practice session on Tuesday was canceled because the club could not get all the test results for COVID-19 back in time.

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