Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied reports from England suggesting his club forked out €85m for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Barcelona agreed a deal to sign Suarez from the Premier League club in a confirmed five-year-deal, although the fee is still undisclosed.
Bartomeu has confirmed that he will reveal the actual fee when Suarez is revealed at the Camp Nou, but insists that the sum is lower than the reported £75m.
'It’s closer to the figures quoted by Barcelona sources. It’s less than €85m,' said Bartomeu.
'I’m not going to reveal how much. We will do on the day the player is presented. He’s signed a five-year deal.'
The Catalan chief added: 'We’re thrilled to have signed a player of his calibre.'
Last year, Suarez won Premier League player of the season award, as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot award, having scored 31 goals despite missing the opening of the season through suspension.
The 27-year-old joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011, where he captained the dutch side to KNVB cup win, winning player of the year and scoring 49 goals along the way, in all competitions.
Despite his on field achievements, the Uruguay international has come under intense criticism for his behaviour, with numerous biting events, explicit hand gestures and racial allegations landing him in plenty of trouble.
Suarez is currently serving a four month ban from any form of footballing activity following another biting incident in the world cup. However, this wasn't enough to deter Barcelona from making an offer, despite the fact that the ex Liverpool star will miss the beginning of the campaign.
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