Luis Suarez has reportedly ruled out signing for Juventus in the current transfer window, despite having previously reached an agreement with the Old Lady.
The main reason is the bureaucratic delay in obtaining Italian citizenship, a process that was set to start on Thursday with an exam.
According to RAC1, the deadlines to get an Italian passport in order to avoiding occupying a non-EU spot could go on further than October 6.
Thus, Suarez would not be able to play in the Champions League group stage as the team’s list of registered players should be presented that day.
His intention has been to leave the Blaugrana ever since Ronald Koeman informed him that he is not counting on the Uruguay international for next season.
Suarez has offers from other clubs, but there is a dispute between him and his current employers on the logistics of his departure as he wants to collect his wages and the club are hoping for a transfer fee – even if it is a small and symbolic one.
It remains to be seen whether Koeman will give him any playing time in the friendly against Girona on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s technical secretary Ramon Planes avoided making any significant comments on Suarez’s future during the official presentation of Miralem Pjanic.
“Suarez is, and has been in recent years, an important player,” the director noted.
“As I said in another appearance, we have to have a lot of respect for the players who have given so much to Barcelona.
“It is evident after what happened at the end of the season that we are in a process of changing, with a new coach and new ideas and we are working on that.
“We have to respect the players and their contracts.
“The market ends on October 5 and until then many things can happen.
“But with the utmost respect towards the players and the club.”