What could have been a protracted Luis Suarez transfer to Barcelona appears to have been concluded with the minimum off fuss. It is reported by Spanish newspaper AS that Liverpool have accepted €79.2 million for the controversial striker.
Barcelona began negotiations with Liverpool on Wednesday after the Anfield club decided they would entertain the prospect of selling their most prized asset following his latest biting shame at the World Cup, something that had resulted in a four month suspension.
FIFA have banned Suarez from all football activity for this time, but have confirmed he would be allowed to complete a medical to join another club. It would now appear the Uruguay international will imminently head to Barcelona for the transfer to be completed.
The speed at which the deal has supposedly been agreed shows Liverpool had at last abandoned the unerring support they had offered Suarez in the past, with this most recent inexplicable incident representing the final straw for the club.
Liverpool finally give up
Liverpool had stood by Suarez after his conviction for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and were widely derided for their unwillingness to accept the sanction that had been placed upon him.
They later offered support when Suarez received an 10-match suspension for biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. But the club’s American owners who made their name in MLB have decided that three strikes is quite enough.
Suarez gets dream transfer
What now for Suarez? He has shamed himself and his current club, yet he emerges from this incident having achieved a dream transfer to Barcelona.
Had he not sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini, would Suarez have remained at Liverpool? Most likely, yes. Liverpool had no reason to sell, but they have been forced to in order to maintain their own image.
Liverpool have done well out this too, of course - almost €80 million can compensate for Suarez’s departure by funding moves for a number of new recruits, while it is a club record sale. But it is a situation they will have taken no greater pleasure from.
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Barcelona should be ashamed
Their loss will be Barcelona’s significant gain, and that is wholly depressing. Suarez’s actions could have landed him in a prison cell, yet they have afforded him the chance achieve an ambition he has held since childhood.
But Barcelona and Suarez should forget the grand unveiling in front of a packed Camp Nou - nobody should be proud of this.