Premier League clubs eye Suarez as Barca chaos continues

Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Luis Suarez at crisis-hit Barcelona, the Daily Mail has claimed.

Barca this week sacked sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta while his assistant, former club captain Carles Puyol, resigned on the same day, and president Josep Maria Bartomeu this week called elections for his position, to be held at the end of the season.

Suarez, who moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool over the summer, has scored three times in 12 games for the Catalans after his debut was delayed by the suspension he was given for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, where Suarez was representing Uruguay.

The former Ajax forward cost Barca a mooted £75m but there is concern he could go the way of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a big-money signing who struggled to adapt to life in Spain and was quickly moved on. The Swede was allowed to join Milan on loan only a year after a £50m move from Inter.

Uncertainty over who will be president as of next summer means Suarez’s situation is unclear too, it’s suggested, as a new president could cash in on Suarez should there be a willing buyer. But Barca are under a FIFA-imposed transfer embargo due to the signing of underage players from abroad, and that complicates the matter further.

Suarez spent three-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances, prior to his move to Spain. He previously turned out for Ajax, Groningen and Nacional, the latter his first club in his native Uruguay.

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