Barcelona have agreed a fee with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, which is estimated around £75 million. Liverpool confirmed the agreement and means that the controversial striker will now leave Anfield for Barcelona on a five-year deal. "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," said Liverpool's spokesperson.
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Officials of the two clubs began talks over a week ago which were productive from the start with the Catalans agreeing to meet the Uruguay international's buy-out clause. "The player will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical, sign a contract for the next five seasons and be presented as an FC Barcelona player," the Spanish team said in a statement.
Suarez was expelled from the World Cup in Brazil last month and given a nine-match competitive international ban as well as a four-month suspension from any soccer-related activities for biting Giorgio Chiellini.
After initially denying that he bit the Italy defender, the 27-year-old later issued a carefully-worded statement admitting his offence, the third time he has bitten an opponent during a match, and vowed there would be no repeat. Suarez, who has also had stints at Dutch clubs Groningen and Ajax Amsterdam, netted 31 league goals for Liverpool last season. The deal comes a day after Barca agreed to sell Chile forward Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal.