If ever a coach and a player were made for each other then it's Diego Simeone and Luis Suarez. The thought of them working in harness this season is likely to cut Atletico Madrid's price for the title and excite the club's fans in ways not seen since they bought back Diego Costa from Chelsea. And that's before they even contemplate the prospect of Costa and Suarez in tandem.
At the end of last season Simeone's nose twitched when it became clear Barcelona were booting out their third all-time highest scorer. He had always wanted the club to sign Suarez and had, in the same breath, always seen it as impossible. The deal still looked very hard to make work.
Atletico had no money to spend on transfers and unless big earners left then there were no funds to pay the 33-year-old either. He became even more pessimistic when Suarez appeared bound for Juventus.
If ever a coach and a player were made for each other then it's Diego Simeone and Luis Suarez
The Atletico Madrid boss has long admired the striker who is on the verge of leaving Barcelona
But things have taken several unexpected turns in the last two weeks. Suarez's move to Juventus was scuppered by Serie A's stricter rules on players being registered as European.
In Spain Suarez counted as a European Community player because his wife has an Italian passport. In Italy that was not enough. He needed to get a European passport. He had never bothered to apply for Spanish citizenship so he tried to rush through the process in Italy.
With Juventus fearing he would not be able to do so in time to register for the new season, new coach Andrea Pirlo, expressed his preference to move for his former team-mate, Alvaro Morata.
Suarez was strongly linked with Juventus but passport rules have scuppered a move to Italy
Juve have moved for Alvaro Morata, which has opened the door for a swoop for the Uruguayan
Josep Bartomeu's tendency to move the goalposts means the move is not done just yet
The 27-year-old was unhappy at Atletico Madrid where he has never been able to convince Simeone that he should be the club's first-choice centre-forward.
He was upset at being left out of Atletico's Champions League quarter-final with Leipzig and his representatives made it known he was open to the right sort of offer. Juve, where he had always been happy, was just that offer.
With Morata edging towards Turin, suddenly the red sea was parting and Simeone could see the promised land on the other side. If Morata moved to Italy it would free up a salary that could be spent on Suarez. He would still need to arrive as a free agent but Barcelona had promised the player as much after his historic six seasons at the club.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu's capacity to move the goalposts according to who is trying to score the goal make the club a very difficult institution to deal with and that essential free transfer is still in the balance, but Atletico fans