Barcelona and Liverpool officials are believed to have met over a deal for striker Luis Suarez yesterday, with Spanish newspaper AS suggesting that the Uruguayan has a verbal agreement to move to the Nou Camp.
With Suarez banned for roughly a third of the new Premier League season, reports are suggesting that the Anfield club will cash in on the striker rather than stand by him following that bite on Giorgio Chiellini.
Barca seem to be the only club ready to move over what would be a huge deal, with the Reds well within their rights to hold out for an £80 million fee, believed to be Suarez’s buy-out clause.
If AS’ report is accurate then the deal could go through as soon as the two clubs have agreed a fee.
“Another meeting has been agreed, although neither a date nor a place has been set for the second round of negotiations. Suárez has been requested expressly by coach Luis Enrique and is believed to have a verbal, gentleman’s agreement with the Catalans,” writes Moises Llorens.
This was never going to be a quick or easy deal for Barcelona and Liverpool to work out because of the scale of the transfer.
Barca are reportedly trying to play hard ball over the price considering Suarez is unlikely to be anywhere near his best level until the New Year, after he’s allowed back into full training with the teammates of whichever club he represents.
He was a world class operator last season and nearly fired Liverpool to what would have been an historic Premier League title win. The Reds know how good he is as a player, despite his off the field problems, which is why they will be holding out for every penny they believe he’s worth.
It’s a shame that his association with the huge English club is likely to end this way, but the Reds are doing everything possible to ensure they get the best possible deal for the player.