Suarez set to join Barcelona

Striker Luis Suarez is set to join La Liga giants Barcelona after the Catalan club agreed to a transfer fee with Liverpool on Friday believed to be in the region of 65 million pounds.

Liverpool confirmed the agreement via a statement on the official club website and Suarez will leave Anfield and join Barca on a new five-year contract.


"Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer," the official statement read.

"We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future."

Suarez arrived on Merseyside in 2011 from Dutch side Ajax and was almost unstoppable for the Reds last season.

The Uruguay international missed the first five league matches last season while serving a ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but went on to score 31 league goals, tying him with Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer for the highest single-season total during a 38-match campaign. He also helped Liverpool finish second in the Premier League last season.


Suarez also released a statement, asking Reds fans to understand his desire to play in Spain.

"It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain," said the 27-year-old. "Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city but most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

"I wish (manager) Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season. "I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League. Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."


Suarez will travel to Barcelona to sign his new contract, take his physical and be presented to the media and fans as a Barcelona player next week.

Barca now possess three of the world's most dynamic attacking players in Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, but Suarez is unable to suit up for his new team as he is serving a nine-match international ban and four-month sanction from any type of football activity after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

He appealed against FIFA's ruling, but was unsuccessful and he will not be able to train with his new teammates until the end of October.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will have to find a way to replace the controversial striker. Daniel Sturridge will likely take up the scoring onus, but Rodgers has already been active in the transfer market, having signed Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana from Southampton and midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.


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