Luis Suarez has become the latest player to be targeted by Football Leaks.
The controversial website has disclosed the transfer agreements of Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, Angel di Maria, Xabi Alonso and David de Gea.
And now they’ve got hold of Luis Suarez’s agreement from his move to Barcelona from Liverpool two years ago. This was brought to our attention by 101GreatGoals.
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The Catalan club paid a reported fee of around £75 million but, according to Football Leaks, the figure was actually £64.98m.
That included six separate payments in the following structure: £13m on July 31 2014; £13m on January 1 2015; July 31 2015; £13m on January 1 2016; £12.98m on July 31 2016.
That means Barcelona still owe Liverpool £12.98m, but it’s not as if they’ll be regretting their decision to fork out such a huge fee for the Uruguayan.
Suarez has been in scintillating form this campaign, scoring 43 goals in all competitions.
Alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, he is a part of the most lethal strike force in world football and it could be argued that Suarez was the final piece of the jigsaw.
Barca won just the Copa del Rey in the season prior to Suarez’s arrival. In his first season at the Camp Nou, they won the treble and are on the verge of repeating that achievement in his second term, too.
Liverpool were happy for Suarez to leave
The transfer agreement doesn’t include any stipulations that require Barca to pay Liverpool anything extra, say for winning the Ballon d’Or or the Pichichi, for example.
That might suggest Liverpool were happy to have Suarez off their books. At the time of his departure, the forward was banned from football for his infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
Suarez becomes the latest player - and the first high-profile Barcelona player - to have his secrets leaked, following in the footsteps of several Real Madrid players.
Jorge Mendes, the agent who represents Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and a host of other big names, reportedly called in professional services to prevent any more leaks.
Mendes' war with Football Leaks
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial wrote: “The Portuguese agent is now using the professional services of a company specialising in industrial and technological espionage to plug the huge leak that has opened in his business,” per 101GreatGoals.
Ronaldo and Mourinho are concerned that their contracts will soon be unveiled, and their details would certainly be of interest.
Although it would appear Football Leaks have turned their attentions to Barcelona. Could Lionel Messi be next?