Luis Suarez: Barcelona agree to sell striker to Atletico Madrid

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Suarez has learned he is not part of new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman’s plans for the future

Barcelona have agreed to let striker Luis Suarez join La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

Suarez is not wanted at Barca and the Catalans were happy to release him for free, on the condition that he does not join some other big clubs.

The Uruguayan has agreed to reduced salary terms with Atletico after a failed move to Juventus due to passport issues.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu then blocked the deal as he was unwilling to sell to a Spanish rival.

But, after meeting with representatives for Suarez, the Catalan club backed down, with the striker threatening to voice his grievances to the media.

Atletico will have to pay a nominal fee of no more than € 4million for the 33-year-old, which will be based on variables such as Champions League qualification.

Suarez will earn half of the € 30million a year he was at Barca at Atletico.

The move ends Suarez’s six-year career with Barca, in which he has scored 198 goals in 283 appearances and formed a third of a dreaded three front with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

He joined the club for £ 74million 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 puts an end to one of this summer’s long transfer sagas, which seemed likely to lead the player to end up in Turin – a move which was dashed, according to Juventus managers, due to the time it took. it would have taken to secure Suarez. an Italian passport.

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