Report: Barcelona agrees to pay Luis Suarez's release clause
Luis Suarez is not be eligible to play again until late October, but he may spend the next three-plus inactive months as a member of FC Barcelona.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Barcelona has agreed to pay Suarez's £75 million release clause ahead of a proposed transfer to Camp Nou. Spanish outlet AS is reporting that Suarez and Barcelona have already agreed to a five-year deal. Suarez, who was banned from nine Uruguay games and four months of all soccer activities, led the Premier League with a record-tying 31 goals last season for Liverpool. Suarez had signed a new extension with Liverpool last winter, which included the costly buyout figure.
Suarez scored two goals in the World Cup for Uruguay -- both against England -- prior to biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the final game of group play. It was the third biting incident of his career. Despite the ban, FIFA had ruled that Suarez was eligible to take a physical and be transferred during his inactive period. The summer transfer window opened on July 1.
There have been various reports surrounding the proposed mega-transfer, some that include Chile forward Alexis Sanchez heading in the other direction to Liverpool to mitigate the cash cost. According to the Echo's report, the current agreement does not involve a player swap.