PSG pitch for Suarez as Uruguay skipper Lugano backs compatriot over Evra handshake snub
Paris Saint-Germain have become the first club to try and profit from the storm that has engulfed Luis Suarez by declaring an interest in the Liverpool striker.
Influential French newspaper L’Equipe reported that PSG have had contact with Suarez’s advisors and want the Uruguayan to spearhead their assault on the Champions League next season.
Suarez has been under a cloud for the past three months following his race row with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and the hard-line stance Liverpool took last weekend has put Europe’s top clubs on alert.
Yet Liverpool have no appetite at present to offload Suarez and are actively looking at targets of their own to buy this summer that will complement his talents.
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However, PSG – who failed in attempts to land Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Alexandre Pato of AC Milan in January – will be waiting in the wings should the situation change.
Their captain Diego Lugano has praised Suarez for his refusal to shake hands with Evra and the defender believes his compatriot has been harshly treated.
Lugano said: ‘He has gone through a few months that he did not deserve. Everyone in football knows that it is a big circus.
‘Take into account that England is historically a colonial country and racism is a sensitive subject but we all know it has nothing to do with what happened between Luis and Evra.
‘It’s a football argument and many false moralists and hypocrites have profited. Luis is the only innocent party in this situation. You have to have balls to do what Luis did on Saturday.
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‘He followed his principles. We live in a democracy and if you do not want to greet someone, you do not do it. And less so if that person has made you experience some bad moments.
Liverpool accused Suarez, 25, of misleading them over his intentions to shake Evra’s hands in a strongly worded statement last Sunday and had considered taking disciplinary action against him.
Suarez, though, will not be fined. Liverpool are anxious to move on from a saga that has hung over the club since last October and only want to be talking about him for his playing ability.
Dalglish said: ‘I can only reiterate what we have said already. We have drawn a line under what happened and we just want Luis to concentrate on his football now.’