Manchester United currently have the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba, and this is the first time United have topped the list. But Just a summer after breaking the world transfer record with the £89 million acquisition of Pogba, it seems that United are ready to strengthen even more. Spanish football weekly Don Balon claims that José Mourinho has now set his sights upon Luiz Suarez as the next big signing.
Suarez spent three years in the Premier League before joining Barcelona in 2014 for £75 million. The Uruguayan has been one of the best players for Barcelona in the last two years. He went on to score an incredible 59 goals in just 53 games last season as Barcelona won the league title. He has picked off from last season after scoring 10 goals in just 13 games. He might seem like one of the difficult players to prize away from the Barcelona team right now, but United have reportedly set an ambitious project of getting Suarez in the summer.
The 29-year-old won’t come cheap despite his age, and it is reported that he could cost around £140 million. There may not be any truth in the rumour considering that Manchester United’s heavy debts are unlikely to allow them to spend such a massive amount of money on a player who can offer only a couple of years of his best. José Mourinho recently justified the signing of Paul Pogba – for almost half that figure – saying that the midfielder has the potential and age to contribute to the club for almost a decade.
Still, there is a possibility that United will try to get the player for a reasonable figure. Suarez’ contract runs out in the summer of 2019 and Barcelona are yet to begin negotiations over a new deal. The Spanish outfit are unlikely – due to his age – to be unconcerned that the player will have only two years left on his deal in the summer. Suarez, however, is thought to be concerned about the lack of interest from Barcelona so far.
United would welcome the addition of a player like Suarez, who is a proven goal-scorer in the Premier League. He scored 69 goals in 110 league appearances for Liverpool and almost put the club within touching distance of the league title after more than two decades.
After a delightful start, the forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are struggling for cohesion and form. United are now searching for a marquee addition to solve their goal scoring crisis, but the possibility of getting Suarez do remain distant.