Barcelona have reportedly angered Lionel Messi with their brutal handling of Luis Suarez. The Uruguay international is poised to become a free agent with the Catalan giants looking to release him. And this has rankled with Messi, who has struck up a close relationship with the former Liverpool star during their six years at the Nou Camp together.
Barcelona star Messi is often seen on his holidays with Suarez when the football season is over.
But the pair may not be team-mates at the Nou Camp next season, with the La Liga giants ready to cut the Uruguay international loose.
Suarez has been a loyal asset to Barcelona in the six years since his move from Liverpool but Ronald Koeman has now deemed him surplus to requirements over in Catalonia.
And Spanish website OkDiario claim this has rankled with Messi.
He’s said to be unhappy at the way Barcelona have treated Suarez, deciding to cut the forward loose for free with a year of his contract remaining.
It’s claimed Barcelona’s harsh treatment of the veteran has also played a role in Messi contemplating a move away from the club for the first time in his career.
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Additionally, it’s reported the 33-year-old’s relationship with the Barcelona board is ‘broken’ with the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January a particular sore spot.
And Messi is unhappy with Barcelona appointing Koeman as manager, with the Dutchman’s CV previously including spells at teams like Everton, Southampton and Feyenoord.
With Suarez, Barcelona want Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez as his replacement.
The Argentina international scored 21 goals for the Serie A giants across all competitions as they narrowly missed out on the Scudetto to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.
And, speaking earlier in the Martinez’s old coach Diego Cocca urged him to seal a move to Barcelona to enhance his development.
“I was surprised,” he said when asked what it was like to coach the 23-year-old.
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“The level of maturity, he was a professional player, he interpreted, he understood, he wanted to see pictures, to work on his weaker foot, to work on everything that made things complicated for him.
“Most boys at that age try to hide their flaws, and he just wanted to improve. There, we started to glimpse that he was going to do something very important.
“Knowing Lautaro, he’s a boy who likes challenges and surely that’s what going to Barcelona would be for him.
“I tell you what I think: logically, Lautaro is the protagonist and he has the last word.
“He’s clearly at a very important team like Inter, but it doesn’t happen every day that Barca come looking for you and he can play with the best footballer in history, outside of the national team, and share all these days with him.
“There is no way I would pass that up.”
Regarding Suarez, Brighton star Glenn Murray recently expressed a belief that he’d be a good fit at Manchester United.
“I think Martial is definitely good enough to be part of that front three,” the Brighton star told talkSPORT.
“I don’t really think Solskjaer wants somebody to lead the line; I think he wants a more interchangeable three that when the play breaks down the three strikers he picks are comfortable anywhere.
“Saying that, I do think that with Martial and Rashford at either side, a pure goalscorer in the middle would benefit Manchester united massively.
“Someone that springs to mind who I think would thrive in this team is someone like Van Nistelrooy.
“If you’re talking about bringing someone into Manchester United to do that, to score the goals and take the pressure off that three, I would say someone like Jimenez Or, a curveball, Luis Suarez from Barcelona.”
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