Luis Suarez joins Barcelona: Liverpool and Barca confirm the striker has been sold in £75m, five-year transfer

The controversial Uruguayan has been at Anfield since 2011

Liverpool have confirmed that Luis Suarez has left the club to join Barcelona on a five-year deal contract. The transfer fee is reportedly £75m.

"Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool," Reds' manager Brendan Rodgers said.

A statement on liverpoolfc.com 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'S GOODBYE STATEMENT IN FULL
Video: Liverpool sell Suarez to Barcelona

Barcelona added on their website, accompanied by a picture of Suarez in a Barcelona shirt. "The Uruguayan will be travelling to Barcelona next week for a medical, to sign his five-year contract and to be officially presented to the media and fans as an FC Barcelona player."

It has been reported that Suarez will be unveiled on Wednesday.

It will not be until 26 October at the very earliest until we see Suarez playing for Barcelona, however, after Fifa upheld his four-month ban from all football activity for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy at the World Cup.

 

Suarez could try one last appeal against the unprecedented ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has the power to change Fifa's verdict, but if it fails it could leave him with an even longer ban.

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