Luis Suarez took a private flight from El Prat airport to Perugia at 13:15 CEST on Thursday, with the Uruguayan set to take an Italian exam in order to try and qualify for Italian citizenship, according to reports.
As a result, the 33-year-old’s potential move to Juventus is getting closer despite the fact that it seemed to have lost some momentum in recent days.
Luis Suarez has agreed personal terms with the Bianconeri and is waiting for his contract termination with Barcelona.
Suarez wants to be paid his full wage before accepting to leave the Catalans but Barcelona are bent on not paying such an enormous fee.
Ronald Koeman, however, is beginning to get the sense that the former Liverpool man may end up staying with the Blaugrana.
“We respect contracts here and if Suarez stays, he’ll be another player for us,” the Dutchman said after Barcelona’s 3-1 win against Girona on Wednesday night.
The coach and player had a talk before the match on Wednesday.
At first Koeman wanted Suarez to play against Girona, but in view of his imminent trip to Perugia a decision was made to wait until his future has been resolved.
If nothing progresses, the Barcelona number 9 would be called up to play in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Elche on Saturday.
As he waits for his contractual situation to be settled, Suarez has left for Italy to take the aforementioned exam and try to obtain Italian citizenship, which would mean he wouldn’t qualify as a non-EU player if his move to the Old Lady does happen.
Suarez took part in Barcelona’s training session on Thursday morning before then going to the airport to fly to Perugia. He is set to return to Barcelona later on Thursday.