Barcelona Makes Move To Sell Luis Suarez To Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona have agreed sell striker Luis Suarez to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, after a move to Juventus fell through because of passport issues.

 

Suarez is not wanted at Barca and provided he did not join certain other top clubs, the Catalans were happy to release him for free.

 

Barca agreed terms on a reduced salary with Atletico, as Suarez will earn half of the 30m euros a year he was on at Barca at Atletico.

 

Atletico will also have to pay a nominal fee of no more than 4m euros for the 33-year-old, which will be based on variables such as Champions League qualification.

 

Earlier, Barcelona chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu blocked the deal because he did not wish to sell to a Spanish rival, but after meeting with Suarez’s representatives, the Catalan club have backed down, with the striker threatening to air his grievances to the media.

 

The move ends Luis Suarez’s six-year career with Barca, during which he scored 198 goals in 283 appearances and formed one third of a feared front three with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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