Suarez to pass a language test in bid for Juventus move

Reuters , Sunday 6 Sep 2020

Barcelona out-of-favor Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is trying to join Juventus and would lineup alongside defender Giorgio Chiellini that he bit in 2014

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez arrives at the Joan Gamper Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona for the new season's first training session on August 31, 2020. AFP

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is due to sit a language test on Monday in a bid to obtain Italian citizenship that would enable him to move to Serie A champions Juventus, Italian and Uruguayan media said Sunday.

There have been widespread reports that Juventus are chasing the 33-year-old Uruguayan who, if the moves go through, would line up alongside defender Giorgio Chiellini, the Italy defender he famously bit in a World Cup match in 2014.

However, Juventus have already used up their limit of two non-EU signings following the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo and U.S. international Weston McKinney and would only be able to add Suarez if he can obtain an EU passport.

The media reports said that Suarez is eligible for Italian naturalisation as his wife is a citizen of the country, although it was not clear how the process, which usually takes several years, would be completed in one month.

The Uruguayan television programme Polideportivo, as well as several Italian newspapers, said on Sunday that Suarez would take a level B1 Italian test -- regarded as lower intermediate and the minimum level required -- on Monday.

The new Serie A season starts on Sept. 19 although the transfer window does not close until Oct. 5.

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