Juventus ‘growing pessimistic over swoop for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez as Uruguayan struggles to obtain Italian passport’ – with club desperate to have him in before start of Serie A season
- Luis Suarez has agreed a three-year deal and personal terms with Juventus
- But Barcelona star may yet fail to complete switch to Italian champions
- There are delays in securing Suarez Italian citizenship and Juve are concerned
- Andrea Pirlo’s side are increasingly pessimistic and will look at alternatives
The Turin club are at their maximum allotment of foreign players in the squad, which means Suarez has to obtain an Italian passport.
The process is a slow one and Juventus are increasingly concerned that the red tape will take up too much time.
Juventus need Luis Suarez to obtain an Italian passport if he is to complete a move to Turin
According to Goal, they are pessimistic about the deal being concluded, despite the fact that personal terms on a £9million-a-year deal have been concluded.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has no place for Suarez in his side but a fee has not yet been agreed between both clubs.
Juventus begin the defence of their crown on Sunday against Sampdoria and Pirlo is understood to be considering alternatives to Suarez.
Gonzalo Higuain’s contract was terminated so the club are eager to arrange their striking options as quickly as possible.
Andrea Pirlo is increasingly pessimistic about the chances of the Uruguayan joining
Suarez wants to leave Barcelona and Ronald Koeman has told him he is not in his plans
The situation with Suarez’s passport application is a hindrance in this regard and Edin Dzeko might well join in the coming days.
His move from Roma is dependent on the capital club signing Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik.
Pirlo reiterated the urgency of signing a new forward over the weekend, saying: ‘I need a striker as soon as possible. But the market is long. There will be time to be able to work until October 4.’
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has also been linked but dismissed that speculation last week.
Suarez remains of huge interest to Juventus but it seems bureaucracy may yet scupper his favoured move and prevent him teaming up with Cristiano Ronaldo in an all-star attack next season.
Edin Dzeko is another target and if he joins from Roma then the Suarez deal could be dead