Luis Suarez will leave Barcelona this summer after Ronald Koeman told him that he is not part of his plans for next season, according to reports.
The Uruguayan striker has been at the Camp Nou since 2014 and is third in the club’s list of all-time top goalscorers with 198 goals for the club in 283 games. Despite his standing with the fans and club talisman Lionel Messi though, new manager Ronald Koeman has made the decision to move forward without the 33 year old.
According to reports, Koeman held discussions with Suarez on Monday and told him about his plans for the upcoming season. Reports suggest that Koeman wants to sign Calvin Stengs and Memphis Depay for Barcelona this summer and use Antoine Griezmann in his preferred central striker position. With Ansu Fati now also part of the first-team squad and Ousmane Dembele and Phillipe Coutinho to return, Suarez is the first name to be axed.
The club announced a club-wide restructuring, including playing staff following their 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
Lionel Messi has expressed a desire to leave the club, although he’s acknowledged that it will be difficult due to his contract. The club have already let Arthur Melo leave and replaced him with Miralem Pjanic, while it’s expected that the club will listen to offers for any player minus a select few.
That means players such as Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Phillipe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal could all leave the Camp Nou this summer. The club will look to replace as they sell, with Koeman expected to install the ‘Barcelona DNA’ back into the club with his signings.
With Luis Suarez expected to be the first name to leave, it shows the club are serious about this restructuring. The club are going to be relying even more heavily on Lionel Messi during this transition period they will go through but it’s a positive start for Koeman to get a big name out of the door early on into his reign.