Barca chief says club paid less than Suarez’s buy-out clause; discloses his new value

Barcelona’s vice-president has claimed the club got the former Liverpool striker cheaper than reported in the British media.

Barcelona sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre says the club got Luis Suarez on the cheap this summer, following his transfer from Premier League outfit Liverpool.

The deal had been reported to be worth around £75million for the Uruguayan, the buy-out clause in his contract.

But Mestre has revealed that Barca paid around £10million less than the reported buy-out figure, claiming it was nearer to £65million for the striker, and also disclosed his new value at the club.

“His buyout clause was 75 million pounds sterling and we reached an agreement for 65 million, which is 80 million euros,” he said when alongside Suarez in his first press-conference at the club.

“Fundamentally it was down to two factors: the skill of those negotiating and Suárez’s desire to come.”

“His buyout clause here is 200 million”.

Suarez joins Barcelona following his controversial World Cup campaign with Uruguay, where he bit an opponent during the group-stages of the tournament.

His behaviour subsequently resulted in a four-month ban from football, meaning he cannot play for Barcelona until at least the end of October, when they face none other than bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Suarez’s ban has been reduced slightly of late, meaning he can now train with his Barcelona team-mates and play in friendlies. It also allowed him to be officially unveiled at the Nou Camp last week, but he must wait another nine-weeks to grace the turf in a competitive game.

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