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Official: Barcelona Agree Deal To Sign Luis Suarez From Liverpool In Club Record Transfer

Suarez to join Barca on five-year contract.

Barcelona have agreed a deal with Liverpool for the transfer of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.

The 27-year-old will join the Catalan giants for a fee in the region of £75m, breaking the club record that was set when Fernando Torres left Liverpool to join Chelsea for £50m in January 2011.

He will travel to Barcelona next week to undergo a medical and sign a five-year contract with the Camp Nou outfit.

Suarez, who was brought to Anfield to replace Torres, scored 82 goals in 133 first-team games for Liverpool after arriving from Ajax in a £22.8m move.

His time as a Liverpool man was punctuated by controversy.

He was banned for eight games for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in October 2011, before receiving a one-game suspension for aiming an offensive gesture at Fulham fans later in the year.

In April 2013, he bit defender Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield.

Suarez was banned for 10 games for his chomp on Ivanovic, but he kept his nose clean upon his return to club action, scoring 31 goals in 33 Premier League matches in the process.

However, he bit another opponent – Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini – while on international duty at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Suarez was banned from all football-related activity for four months for sinking his teeth into Chiellini’s shoulder.

He appealed the ban, but it was upheld by FIFA on Thursday, meaning that Suarez will not be able to make his Barcelona debut until late October.

 

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