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Barcelona, Liverpool to open Suarez transfer talks in London today

Jul 2, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

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Following a bit of a charm offensive from Luis Suarez and Spanish giants Barcelona, the BBC is reporting that the La Liga power will open transfer negotiations with Liverpool on Wednesday in the hopes of bringing the Uruguayan to Camp Nou.

Suarez, 27, is currently banned from soccer for four months after his third biting incident, this one in the group stage of the World Cup.

Liverpool is thought to be prepared to cash in on Suarez and avoid the drama that comes with the mercurial-but-gifted striker, while Barcelona has praised the humility of the forward’s “very important” apology.

From the BBC:

Liverpool are likely to accept an offer of £80m for Suarez, who joined for £22.7m from Ajax in 2011.

However, Barcelona are understood to want to pay closer to £60m.

Any deal may depend on whether Barcelona can include Chile and Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez in part-exchange for Suarez.

Liverpool are pragmatic about Suarez’s ambitions and are aware that he would welcome a move to Spain and particularly to Barcelona.

It is not yet clear whether Sanchez would be willing to move in part-exchange, although the Spanish club would be willing to include him in a deal.

Sanchez, 25, scored twice at the World Cup for Chile (though he missed his penalty attempt as Brazil eliminated the nation). He had 21 goals and 15 assists in 54 matches for Barcelona last season.

  1. some1kj - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    I would like to see Arsenal step in and offer big money to Barcelona for Sanchez to persuade them not to include the Chilean in the deal for Suarez. He fits the Arsenal style of play far more than at Liverpool, think where he is coming from!

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Ugh, can Barca just not buy Suarez. It will be really frustrating being a fan of a team with a player that I despise, plus Sanchez is an incredible player.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Without giving away some sort of bias, this statement appeals to my sensibilities.

      • chunkala - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Doesn’t this reflect poorly on Barcelona as well?

  3. bruceeff - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    As a Premier League fan, I really hope this happens. I want that guy out of the league.

  4. mikeevergreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I hope somebody elbows Luis in the chops there.

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