Palermo interested in signing Suarez

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has attracted interest from Italian side Palermo, who are prepared to take him away from the negative press surrounding the striker in England, Metro reports.

The Uruguayan refused to shake the hand of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra when the two sides met at Old Trafford last weekend. Suarez made his first start since returning from an eight-match ban for racially abusing Evra in the league game at Anfield earlier this season. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, sporting director Ian Ayre and Suarez have all issued apologetic statements surrounding the incident and club sponsors Standard Chartered spoke about how ‘very disappointed’ they were.

Reports earlier this week suggested that French side Paris Saint Germain were interested in signing Suarez and now Palermo have declared their intentions. Club president Maurizio Zamparini recently announced that Arabic investors were prepared to pump £165m into the Sicilian outfit and Suarez is their first target. Palermo have a good history of signing South American talent, including now Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernandez, and Zamparini is interested in Suarez’s services.

Zamparini said: ‘I would sign him tomorrow morning – he’s a fantastic striker. I would certainly try to educate him, but I don’t think he behaved like this because he is racist’.

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