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Barcelona looking to sign a striker but Suarez future unclear, says Ramon Planes – Soccer News

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Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes confirmed they need to signal a brand new striker however wouldn’t affirm Luis Suarez is leaving the membership.

Suarez has been closely linked with Juventus after he was reportedly knowledgeable over the telephone by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he won’t be in his first-team plans this season.

No deal has but been secured with the Serie A champions, although, and Planes was unwilling to present an excessive amount of away on the Uruguay star’s future on the presentation of Miralem Pjanic on Tuesday.

“He has been – and is – an necessary participant for Barcelona lately and for that motive deserves most respect,” Planes mentioned.

“Following the tip of the season, we’re in a means of change, altering the coach, concepts… However now we have to respect the gamers and their contracts. Till October 5, when the [transfer] window closes, something can occur.”

With Suarez anticipated to go away, Barca have been tipped to usher in Memphis Depay from Lyon, a participant who thrived underneath Koeman for the Netherlands.

There have been studies in Depay’s homeland on Tuesday that a deal to carry him to Camp Nou for an preliminary €25million was in place, though counterclaims in Spain have denied such an settlement.

Planes made it clear the Catalans are on the lookout for attacking reinforcements, saying: “It’s been public for months that we’re engaged on bettering the group, on the lookout for gamers of high quality and expertise, as a result of not simply any footballer can play for Barca.

“Amongst them, we’re on the lookout for a ahead, however that’s not depending on the departures of gamers within the squad now. We at all times aspire to have the absolute best squad.”

Planes additionally admitted curiosity in Manchester Metropolis defender Eric Garcia, who’s within the closing 12 months of his contract on the Etihad Stadium and won’t be renewing.

“We’re on the lookout for gamers to assist in defence and Eric’s a very good participant, he developed right here,” Planes added.

“We need to construct a group that mixes expertise, high quality and youth, and Eric matches the profile we would like and we’re wanting into it, however there are additionally different names being adopted that haven’t come out in media.”

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