Barcelona prioritise England forward over Liverpool star to replace Suarez

Date published: Sunday 13th October 2019 3:40

Barcelona could raid Liverpool again to replace former Reds striker Luis Suarez, according to reports in Spain – but are more likely to move for a Manchester United man.

The La Liga giants took Suarez from Anfield in 2014, and his time at Camp Nou has certainly been a success, but at the age of 32 and with only two years left on his contract, Barcelona are being forced to weigh up their long-term options.

Antoine Griezmann was a big-money investment in the summer – after turning down an ambitious approach from Manchester United – but has mainly been deployed on the wing so far, meaning Barca could look to add further firepower to their frontline.

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According to Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo, one of the names on their shortlist to become Suarez’s successor is Liverpool star Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian is held in high regard at Anfield by players and fans alike, but the report comforts Liverpool supporters by saying they should have little to worry about, as Firmino is not the main Premier League-based target that Barca have in mind.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford are also under consideration, it is said, with the latter a priority. Despite signing a contract renewal at Old Trafford recently, Rashford is liked because of his younger age and potential to develop.

Most ambitiously of all, they are also interested in Kylian Mbappe from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, although he would likely be the most expensive player on their list – which also includes promising Inter Milan attacker Lautaro Martinez, an international teammate of Lionel Messi.

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