Both Suarez and Cavani are angling for big-money transfers this summer.
Liverpool’s Suarez has endured a mixed time in England, with his on-pitch brilliance marred by some outrageous behaviour and even more bizarre refusals to accept responsibility for his actions.
Cavani, meanwhile, has not had any disciplinary issues and his goals have fired Napoli to an excellent runners-up spot in Serie A.
The ex-Palermo target man is more flexible about his destination, having said he fancies England and would be excited to work for both returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and new Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini.
However, he is known to be a long-standing admirer of Real Madrid, and his parents have been speaking in glowing terms about Los Merengues, perhaps mindful that there would be less of a media circus surrounding their son if he went to Spain, where of course he is a native speaker of their language.
So, with that in mind, what better place to showcase your skills than a match against world and European champions Spain?
"Here I come to play for Uruguay and not thinking what I can do to benefit a transfer," Suarez said in Brazil. "My only goal is to win the cup."
Cavani’s dad, Luis, claimed his son’s next move was very much on his mind.
"My son’s intention is to play for Madrid," Luis Cavani said. "He is excited about it and is very willing to see it through. He has told the family in private that he wants to join Real Madrid but if he declares it publicly it will annoy Napoli."
The match itself should be a cracker. Uruguay – who only last week ended a recent slump by beating Venezuela – are not quite the tightly-organised unit that won the Copa America two years ago and reached the World Cup semis the year before, but they have a point to prove and two of the best strikers in Europe.
One of those strikers – Suarez – returns from suspension after yet another on-pitch implosion, although he escaped punishment for punching Chile’s Gonzalo Jara. He will replace Diego Forlan, but truth be told Uruguay’s focus must be on qualifying for the World Cup – they’re only fifth in the CONMEBOL qualifying table, which would mean a play-off with an Asian side.
Spain meanwhile are, well, Spain.
Vicente Del Bosque will have to do without Xavi Alonso, ruled out of the tournament through injury, but burly defensive midfielder Javi Martinez has been in such brilliant form for Bayern Munich that he deserves an extended run in the team, even if he is a different player to talented playmaker Alonso.
The only tough decision for Del Bosque is whether to continue with Barcelona’s Victor Valdes or reinstate Real Madrid rival Iker Casillas, who was out of favour at the Bernabeu but will be first choice again following Jose Mourinho’s departure.
For Spain, there is a greater interest in success in Brazil – they have won the Euros twice and the World Cup once, with the Confederations Cup the only major title they are yet to claim, having gone out to the United States in the semis four years ago.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Spain and Uruguay last played each other in a friendly in Qatar in February. Pedro scored twice as Spain won 3-1.
- Uruguay have never beaten Spain in their six competitive matches.
- Spain are unbeaten in 21 matches. Their last defeat came to England in 2011, and their last competitive tournament defeat was in their 2010 World Cup opener to Switzerland. They went on to win it anyway.
- Since winning the 2011 Copa America, Uruguay have had a bad patch. They have played 15 matches, winning their last two against Venezuela and France but drawing six and losing four, including humiliating defeats to Bolivia, Colombia and Chile in World Cup qualifying.
Live matches on Eurosport-Yahoo! this weekend (all times BST / UK time)