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Juventus confirm Luis Suarez no longer a transfer target

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The striker ‘was never really close’ to a move

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Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed that Luis Suarez is no longer a transfer target and was never really close to joining the Turin giants.

The Uruguay international flew to Italy last week to take a citizenship test that would allow him to play in Serie A amid rumors of a move to Juve.

However, Paratici says the 33-year-old will not be arriving at the club and explained why he’s been a discarded as an option to replace Gonzalo Higuain.

“Suarez can be removed from that list, because the time it takes to get the passport is longer than the transfer deadline or the moment we can hand in the Champions League lists.

“We evaluated the Suarez option when it was proposed to us. He was in the process of getting Italian citizenship, so we evaluated the possibility of registering him in time.

“It is not possible, so he was never really close.”

Source | Football Italia

Suarez has continued to train with Barcelona amid all the speculation over his future but has not been included in any of Ronald Koeman’s squads for the club’s three pre-season friendlies.

Koeman spoke about Suarez after Barca’s win over Girona and said “if he finally stays, he will be one more player in the squad,” so it will be interesting to see what happens next.