Liverpool have confirmed the transfer of striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.
The Uruguayan will put pen to paper on a five year deal and undergo a medical at the Nou Camp next week, with Barcelona reported to have forked out around £80 million for the controversial forward. He will wear the number nine shirt which has been vacated by Alexis Sanchez, who has moved to Arsenal.
A statement on Liverpool's website read: "Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.
"We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future."
Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 for a fee of £22.7 million, making 133 appearances for the club while scoring 82 goals.
He was the Premier League's top scorer with 31 goals to his name last season, and his superb form took the Reds to the verge of their first ever Premier League title and Champions League qualification.
Despite his impressive performances on the pitch, Suarez was never too far from trouble, and having missed the start of the last campaign following a suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic, will also sit out the start of next season having been handed a four month ban from all football activity by FIFA for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup clash against Italy last month.
That means he'll be unable to play for Barcelona until the end of October - pending a potential appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Having completed his move, Suarez thanked the Liverpool fans for their support, and said he had "fallen in love" during his time on Merseyside.
His statement read: "It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.
"But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.
"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.
"I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season."
Liverpool will now look to build on their success from last season without their main striker, and have already signed three new players this summer. Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have arrived from Southampton, while Emre Can was snapped up from Bayer Leverkusen.
They are expected to reinvest the money they'll receive from the Suarez deal back into their squad, with moves for Wilfried Bony, Lazar Markovic, Dickov Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri on the cards.
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