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15-Sep-2020, 11:35 pm

Juventus grow pessimistic over Suarez deal as passport issues threaten to derail transfer from Barcelona

Luis Suarez Villarreal vs Barcelona La Liga 2019-20

Juventus have begun to grow pessimistic over a move for Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, who is struggling to obtain an Italian passport quickly enough for the Serie A champions' liking.

The Bianconerihave been closing in on a move for the Uruguay star, whose future at Barcelona is in doubt after new manager Ronald Koemandetermined he had no place for the veteran forward.

Suarez and Juventus have even agreed terms ona three-year contract worth €10 million (£9m/$12m), with just a fee between the two clubs remaining to be negotiated.

However, the 33-year-old's move to Turin is in danger of falling apart due to a delayed process of securing Italian citizenship.

Sources have told Goal thatthere is a growing feeling with Juventus that the bureaucratic process required to secure a passport for Suarez will take too long with the new season rapidly approaching.

With Juve's allotment of spots for foreign players filled up, Suarez will require an Italian passport to be able to join Andrea Pirlo's side.

As Pirlo prepares to take charge of his first Juve match in Sunday's Serie A openeragainst Sampdoria, the Bianconeri's attention has begun to turn to other transfer optionsat forward.

Roma striker EdinDzekois a prime target, and the Bosnian will be allowed to leave the Italian capital as soon as an expected deal for Napoli forwardArkadiusz Milikis completed.

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud has also been linked with a move to Juve, but the French striker rubbished those rumourslast week.

Juventus are in need of reinforcements at forward quickly, with Gonzalo Higuain's contract terminated last week ahead of the Argentine forward's move to MLS outfit Inter Miami.

Pirlo confirmed the club's urgent need for a new forward when speaking toSky Sport Italia on Sunday.

"I need astriker as soon as possible," Pirlo said. "But the market is long. There will be time to be able to work until October 4."

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