According to Spanish outlet AS, a deal that would send Luis Suarez from Liverpool to Chelsea for £34 million is 'close'. The following is a fictional timeline that projects Suarez's possible Chelsea career.
August 17, 2013: Chelsea open their Premier League campaign at home against Hull City. It is 27 degrees celsius, but starting right back Branislav Ivanovic is wearing long sleeves. Luis Suarez makes a forgettable 30-minute substitute appearance in a casual 2-0 Chelsea victory.
August 24, 2013: Suarez makes his first start in a Chelsea shirt, at Old Trafford, but his team struggles mightily in the first half, shockingly conceding three goals to Manchester United. He scores just one minute into the second half to pull Chelsea back into the match, but misses an absolute sitter late after rounding David De Gea, failing to slot the ball into an empty net. Chelsea lose 3-1.
December 26, 2013: With Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku all battling injury, Suarez gets his first start since August 31's draw with Aston Villa. He scores a garbage goal in stoppage time of a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace, netting his first goal for Chelsea since he scored against United.
April 26, 2014: Suarez returns to Anfield and gets a smattering of light applause from the Liverpool fans as he enters the game in the 75th minute. With the match tied 1-1 in the 89th, Suarez dives to win a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. He waves away Juan Mata, takes it and blasts a stunner past Simon Mignolet. He then proceeds to kiss the Chelsea badge and mock-moon the Kop. They throw trash at him, delaying the match, but Chelsea goes on to win 2-1 after 12 minutes of stoppage time.
In a post-match interview, Suarez claims that "Scousers are all animals" and that the fans in the Kop "should go back to their shanties and stay there".
April 27, 2014: Chelsea FC suspends Suarez indefinitely. Later, the FA suspends him for three matches for his offensive comments about the Liverpool supporters. Chelsea and Suarez accept this suspension.
May 3 and 11, 2014: Without Suarez available, Chelsea win their remaining two matches to hold off Tottenham and Arsenal, capturing third place in the Premier League by a single point. Edinson Cavani wins the PFA and Writers' award double while finishing as the Premier League's leading scorer for league and FA Cup double-winning Manchester City.
June 13, 2014: In Uruguay's World Cup opener against Germany, Suarez is sent off for slapping Sami Khedira, after which he spits in the face of referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez. He is suspended for ten competitive international matches. Uruguay is eliminated in the group stage.
July 17, 2014: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim purchases AC Ajaccio with the goal of turning them into France's third juggernaut and turning Ligue 1 into the biggest league in world football.
August 16, 2014: Marco Reus makes his Chelsea debut and scores twice in a 3-1 Chelsea win over Everton to open the Premier League season.
August 24, 2014: Suarez returns and makes an 80th minute substitute appearance, replacing Lukaku while Chelsea lead Wigan Athletic, 2-1. It takes him 90 seconds to draw a red card for headbutting Roger Espinoza. Wigan goes on to earn a 2-2 draw.
August 25, 2014: Chelsea makes Suarez available for transfer and does not cite an asking price.
August 31, 2014: Ajaccio make an 11th hour bid for Suarez, offering Chelsea €30 million for the striker's services. Chelsea accept, happy to take a loss of only €10 million. Suarez signs a 5-year contract worth €300,000 per week.
September 1, 2014: Suarez is unveiled in Corsica, where he would go on to stay for the rest of his playing days.