Former Barcelona sporting direct Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed striker Luis Suarez was not their top transfer target in 2014.


The Uruguayan signed for Barca in July 2014 from Liverpool for a reported fee in the region of €94m. 


However, according to Zubizarreta, the Catalans were interested in signing Sergio Aguero from Manchester City in the January 2014 transfer window but their approach was rejected.

Zubizarreta told ​Marca: "We had some options. The first was not Suarez. He knows it. In winter we considered the signing of Aguero. That did not work out.


"In this situation, there was no doubt: Luis Suarez was our only goal."


Suarez's move to Barcelona was complicated by the four-month suspension he received for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup group stage tie with Italy.


Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

But Zubizarreta believes the incident was a blessing in disguise as other teams hesistated in making a move for the striker.


He added: "During the negotiation process the incident with Chiellini occurred.


"The issue created a seed of doubt for other clubs who wanted him. They questioned his character. I thought it was the perfect time to accelerate the process of signing him.


"I liked everything about him: he was not static, knew his way around the outside of the box and gave us a profile which we did not have. 


"From the outset his willingness to sign for Barca was huge."

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