Liverpool have announced that they have reached a deal with Spanish giants Barcelona over the transfer of Luis Suarez to the Catalan club.
In a statement on their official website, the club announced “that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona.”
It went on to state that the player had the club’s permission to join Barcelona after the necessary formalities had been completed.
The club thanked the player for his three years at the club and wished him and his family “well for the future.”
Barcelona also posted a picture of Suarez in the club’s kit and welcomed him to the club.
Luis Suarez, who still had four years left on his contract at Anfield, will join Barcelona next week for a fee believed to be in the region of 75 million pounds and sign a five-year deal at the club after he completes a medical and agrees personal terms.
Suarez said in a statement that he hoped Liverpool fans would understand why he made the decision to move to Spain.
“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 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,” he added.
Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, called Suarez “a very special talent” and thanked him “for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool.”
Suarez will become Barca’s second high-profile signing of the summer after the club earlier completed the signing of Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla.
The deal, if confirmed, would make Suarez Barcelona’s most expensive signing ever, eclipsing the £59 million the club paid to sign Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan in 2009.
The striker’s future at Anfield had been in doubt and he was the subject of a failed transfer bid from premier league rivals, Arsenal in 2013.
Barcelona’s fierce rivals, Real Madrid were also thought to be interested in signing the controversial forward, but the player has, it seems, opted against a move to the Spanish capital.
Saurez is currently serving a four-month ban from all footballing activity after he was found guilty by FIFA for biting Italian defender Giogio Chiellini in the match between Italy and Uruguay at the World Cup in Brazil.
Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Merseyside club after joining from Ajax in the January transfer window of 2011, including 31 goals last season, helping the club to second place in the league, despite missing the start of the season through suspension.
His goal return last season plus 12 assists, meant he contributed to 43 goals, more than any player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Barcelona aim to strengthen their side, after they finished last season without winning a major trophy, losing in the Spanish cup final to Real Madrid and missing out on the league title to Atletico Madrid on the final day.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana