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Report: Luis Suarez set to complete $137 million move to Barcelona

Jul 4, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Getty Images

By Monday, Luis Suarez could be a Barcelona player.

According to various reports across the British media, the Spanish giants are set to tie up a deal with Liverpool for the Uruguayan forward in the next 48 hours that would make him the second-most expensive player in history after Gareth Bale.

[ RELATED: Suarez banned for four months after bite ]

Following Suarez’s third bite on an opposition player during his career at the 2014 World Cup, his four-month ban from any soccer related activity was deemed to be the final straw for Liverpool. After Suarez apologized for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy, his acceptance has shown that he hasn’t learned from when he bit Branislav Ivanovic back in April 2013 and Otman Bakkal in 2010 when playing for Ajax in Holland.

After longing for a move away from Liverpool last summer, then sticking around to have one of the finest seasons any player has had in PL history, it seems like Suarez has finally got his wish.

Reports in the Daily Mail state that a deal for Suarez, 27, has now moved to straight-cash and after Liverpool and Barcelona officials met in London on Wednesday, the transfer is all but agreed.

FIFA have given the green-light for a move to go ahead, as there were initial fears that Suarez wouldn’t be able to complete a medical at Barca due to his ban from “all soccer related activity” for the next four months. However the reigning Premier League Player of the Year and top scorer, Suarez bagged 31 goals in 32 games last season, is all clear to make his long-awaited move to Spain as Liverpool finally offload his precocious talents.

Suarez, it seems, just has too much baggage and with a whopping $137 million, Liverpool would be able to splash the cash on at least two world-class replacements which they badly need in other areas. Of course they would replace Suarez, as Barca forward Alexis Sanchez is rumored to be heading to Anfield, as they’d lose their main goal threat heading into a season where they have UEFA Champions League soccer and another PL title race to look forward to.

Right now, it seems as though Liverpool’s fans should be saying their final farewells to Suarez.

Adios, Luiz.

  1. mdac1012 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Hopefully we spend the money more wisely than Tottenham did.

    • sw19womble - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      To be fair, Spurs set the bar too low for anyone to beat them – unless you employed a treeful of rabid howler monkeys to randomly fling poop down onto a chart on the forest floor.

      • eyvindtheeasterling - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Tottenham is indeed as clueless as any organization in football. Howler Monkeys probably are working with a better plan.

  2. mianfr - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I just don’t get this for Barcelona. Suarez and Neymar up top, with Messi playing behind as a playmaker? Is that really the best way to use one of the two best players in the world?

    Granted, Messi is really good at a lot of things, but if his best thing is scoring goals and that’s kind of the point of the game, you shouldn’t be dropping him back.

    It’s also a very weird formation for Barça. I have no inside information they’ll use it, I just don’t know how they’ll keep everyone on the field otherwise. This whole thing has the smell of the Ibrahimovic situation to me. Real doesn’t really need him, per se, but they would have a defined role and position for him and could much more logically fund the move with a counter-sale of Benzema somewhere.

    This is also a stunning amount of money to pay for somewhere Liverpool is basically trying to dump as well. Money that could have been much more wisely used on depth at center back and midfield.

    If Liverpool is smart, though, they’ll buy 2 or 3 elite players with this instead of 11 ‘ok’ ones like Tottenham did.

  3. jabberwock3 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    That’s $68.5 mil per fang.

  4. scoochpooch - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Remember Suarez put in a fine season against the bottom of the PL, not the top. 1 goal in 8 games vs. Big 4. Looks like I have a new team to root my hardest against.
    Good move for Suarez though since Liverpool had 0% chance of success in the CL next year. I am also very surprised that Red Sox management is seeking to get rid of him, usually they love to employ the worst of humanity. I will not miss him in the EPL at all.

    • scoochpooch - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Curious, what are the thumbs down for?
      1) The facts – 1 goal in 8 games against the EPL’s best and Red Sox employment record
      2) Rooting against Barca
      3) Opinion – Liverpool’s doomed CL chances.

      Curious to which of the 3 was the main reason.

      • eyvindtheeasterling - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Your comments add nothing to the conversation. Why bring the Red Sox into it? Who are these worst of humanity of which you speak? Your statements lack an obvious basis except anti-Red Sox bias.

  5. rmccleary97 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    His new dental plan is something we all wish we could sink our teeth into.

  6. herman23934 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Don’t be surprised if a large sum is invested in the ground redevelopment

    • sw19womble - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Did Suarez take a few bites out of that too?

  7. icebowler - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Their new nickname, The Barcelona Bite, just has a ring to it.

  8. heynyc61 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    How long before he bites someone else.

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