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Report: Barcelona close in on $130M deal with Liverpool for Luis Suarez

Jul 2, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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After a day of talks between Barcelona and Liverpool were deemed “productive” by the Reds, Luis Suarez appears close to completing his preferred move to the Catalan giants.

The talks were held between Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, and a host of Barcelona delegates including their director of football management, Raul Sanllehi.

Barcelona reportedly opened the negotiations with an offer in the range of $103-120 million (£60-70m), which fell well short of the $137 million (£80m) release clause inserted into the new deal Suarez signed with the Anfield club last December.

That provision, as well as the fact that the contract runs through 2018, are the main bargaining chips for Liverpool in the negotiations. The Liverpool Echo is reporting that the Reds informed the representatives of Barcelona that they would accept $77 million (£45m) for Suarez plus Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez, currently valued around $52 million (£30m).

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A deal involving Sanchez looks unlikely, however, as the forward is believed to either want to stay at Barcelona or to move to Arsenal. His reported position did not deter Liverpool, with the club happy to accept straight cash for the Uruguayan with most reliable sources citing a range of $120-$130 million (£70-75m).

From all indications, it’s a deal that both sides seems confident will get done with a Liverpool source saying:

The talks were productive. There were sensible expectations on both sides and there will be further discussions to take place. But nothing is finalized as of now.

Expect this deal to be finalized before the end of July and more likely than not over the next few weeks. If Liverpool are to lose the striker who bagged them 31 league goals last year the club will need to act quick to replace him with the August 16th Premier League opener looming large.

Rumors have Brendan Rodgers close to a deal for 19-year-old Belgian sensation Divock Origi and has spent $69 million (£40m) this summer on Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can.

 

  1. dohpey28 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Going to miss watching Suarez but the headache just isn’t worth it anymore. Good luck being 3rd fiddle on Barca.

  2. gpry - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I couldn’t agree more dohpey. If he stayed with Liverpool for the next few years he would be a legend, at barca he will find the grass is not greener, especially with messi there. But no player is bigger than the club and I won’t have to wonder what he will do next. BR is building something special with or without Suarez. YNWA

  3. jj871 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    $130 mil for yet another striker – and still no defense. When will they learn?

    • medic0nduty - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Apparently not this year.

  4. baldeagle2020 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Wow ,, if this was an american sport star . He will never land a lavish deal. But i guess in europe if you keep biting ppl left and right and play dirty and dive ,,,you’ll end up playing in Camp nou

    • txbearmeat - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      That’s not true at all.

      Randy Moss. Mike Vick. Ray Lewis. Aaron Hernandez (just to name a few) all got big deals after being in massive trouble with the law.

    • mdac1012 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      It has nothing to do with Europe and America and everything to do with talent and money. Suarez is arguably one of the 5 best players in the world and as long as he is, teams are going to give him a chance.

      We have had plenty of players here in the States that were essentially criminals who kept getting big money contracts because they could play and help teams win. Latrell Sprewell almost choked his coach unconscious in a practice and he got plenty of money from the Knicks afterward. Ron Artest went into the stands and attacked a fan in 2004 and still got big money from the Lakers and other teams and was still playing in the NBA as of last year. The list goes on and on. Believe me, if O.J. Simpson could still run a 4.1 40 and break tackles in 1994, some team would have offered him a contract.

      • michaelsmueller - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Well said mdac1012

      • scoochpooch - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        What’s the common denominator between the 3 players you listed?

    • theromingnome - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Really? Yeah American athletes just rape women or torture animals and still get paid. Ignoramus.

  5. mazblast - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    One more reason to dislike Barca.

  6. renhoekk2 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Looks like Barca is planning on winning a lot of 4-3 and 3-2 games. If they invested half as much money on defenders as they do forwards they could the could go back to winning every title under the sun. And they still need to dump a bunch of money on another couple mid-fielders they don’t need to replace Fabregas and Song on the bench.

  7. pstevenson1082 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    This won’t work….. As much as I love Lionel Messi and Barca, a system where Messi leads the attack produces less goals than one in which he doesn’t. Someone’s numbers will suffer. There’s no doubt in my mind that Suarez and Messi are 2 of the 3 best attacking players on Earth but they are so ball dominant, neither one will defer. Alexi Sanchez is a great example of how great players can be inconsistent playing with Messi.

    and still no defense….

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