Barcelona’s Suarez Set to Join Atletico Madrid
Following the departure of Alvero Morata to Italian side Juventus, Atletico Madrid has reached out to Barcelona to sign their striker Luis Suarez. Barcelona have agreed to let the striker join their La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
Luis Suarez is not wanted by the new Barcelona manager and the Catalans were happy to release him for free, providing he did not join certain other top clubs. The Uruguayan agreed terms on a reduced salary with Atletico after a move to Juventus fell through because of passport issues.
Barcelona chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu, however, blocked the deal because he did not wish to sell to a Spanish rival. But, after meeting with Suarez’s representatives, the Catalan club has backed down, with the striker threatening to air his grievances to the media. Atletico will have to pay a nominal fee of no more than 4m euros for the 33-year-old, which will be based on variables such as Champions League qualification.
He joined the club for £74m from Liverpool in 2014 and helped them win four La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys and the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2015. It also ends one of this summer’s long-running transfer sagas, which looked likely to result in the player ending up in Turin – a move that was dashed, according to Juventus directors, because of the amount of time it would have taken to secure Suarez an Italian passport.