Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is set for a cheaper-than-anticipated move to Barcelona, if Spanish reports are to be believed.
The controversial striker is currently serving a four-month ban for biting Chiellini in Uruguay’s group match against Italy. Suarez received a lot of criticism for his irresponsible act, especially because it was the third time he repeated the offence.
Suarez has four years remaining in his contract with the Premier League side, after he signed an extension midway last season making him Liverpool’s highest earner. The Uruguayan helped the Reds finish second in the league – coming agonizingly close to winning it and missing out by just two points. Liverpool made a return to the Champions League after five years and Suarez enjoyed a spectacular season individually where he was named the PFA Player of the Year and picked up several other accolades.
But after being recently banned by FIFA for four months, it looks like Liverpool are set to part ways with the striker. While Real Madrid’s interest in the player faded away after the bite-saga, Barcelona were not deterred by this and remained interested in the player. An attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. is a daunting one and Barcelona need to make amends to their shocking trophyless season they suffered in the last campaign and are certain Suarez is the player, who can help them get back to winning ways.
Officials from both clubs have met in London to discuss a deal for the 27-year-old Uruguay international. BBC reported that Liverpool are likely to accept an offer of £80 million for Suarez, but Barcelona want to pay closer to £60 million. Liverpool were quite adamant about including Chile and Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez in part-exchange for Suarez. But the club admitted defeat in the pursuit, as Sanchez himself preferred a move to Liverpool’s rival Arsenal, and the prime factor for this preference was his family’s desire to stay in the capital.
But now Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, claims the final fee will eventually be between €70 and €73 million (£56-£58 million).
This is a sum Liverpool would think is too little for their prized asset. Suarez was in scintillating form last season and was a primary factor in the club’s successful campaign. To get just around £56 million for a player like Suarez would be a huge blow for the side that has stood by the controversial striker through a lot of unwarranted incidents. Moreover, the form he was in last season, he was being counted in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Liverpool would want to get a sum they feel matches Suarez’s talent and it remains likely that they would haggle Barcelona till an appropriate sum is agreed upon.