Juventus have reportedly joined the race to sign two of the FC Barcelona stars, the wantaway Lionel Messi and the unwanted Luis Suarez.
FC Barcelona appointed Ronald Koeman after relieving Quique Setien of his managerial duties in August, and it is fair to say that the club legend did not exactly have the most heartwarming homecoming.
Camp Nou was in utter turmoil when Koeman arrived, with a sense of disturbance between the players and the club hierarchy. And to make problems, Lionel Messi soon made known of his decision to leave.
Koeman, though, had already reportedly put several players on the transfer list immediately after stepping foot at Barca.
Rumors suggest that the players who have been deemed surplus to requirements by the new boss are Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Samuel Umtiti, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba. Ivan Rakitic was also said to be on that list and he recently moved to Sevilla.
Messi and Suarez are the two players heavily linked with a move away. The former is adamant about leaving despite the club eager to retain him while for the latter, as mentioned earlier, the case is quite the opposite.
The 33-year old Argentine has been linked with a move to Manchester City, with the prospect of reuniting with Pep Guardiola supposedly interesting for him.
However, reports coming out of Catalan radio program El Larguero on Cadena SER, claim Juventus have also entered the race to sign Messi. The report claims that the Serie A champions are eager on pairing him up with Cristiano Ronaldo.
In other news, Juve are also pushing to sign Suarez. Football Italia claims that the club have already agreed to personal terms with the 33-year old Uruguayan. They are hoping to sign him on a free transfer, with the unwanted Barca man currently negotiating an early contract termination.
Juventus are understood to be in the market in search of a strike partner for Ronaldo as they look to adding firepower to their squad. New boss Andrea Pirlo earlier revealed that he does not have Gonzalo Higuain in his future plans for the club.