Barcelona reach an agreement for superstar exit

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona during prematch warm up. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona during prematch warm up. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Barcelona’s third-highest scorer in club history set to depart.

The drawn out battle between Barcelona and Luis Suarez has reached its conclusion as the two sides have reportedly come to an agreement that would make the Uruguayan striker a free agent.

According to Sport, in exchange to becoming a free agent, Suarez would be giving up a part of his wages as he still had one year remaining on his contract. Those wages in that final year was the crux as to why a resolution was taking so long to be reached.

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What this means for Suarez is that he is now free to sign with whichever team he wants without the team having to pay a fee to Barcelona.

He may be leaving Barcelona but it may not be the final time Suarez plays at the Camp Nou.

Mundo Deportivo report that there is a deal in place that would see Suarez sign for Atletico Madrid. The club managed by Diego Simeone are offering the striker a two-year deal and his addition would bolster a side who struggled to score goals last season.

For a while it seemed that he had reached a deal with Juventus to join the Serie A champions. But not having an Italian passport put that potential deal on ice despite Suarez going to Italy to take a citizenship test.

His potential arrival is conditioned by the fact that Atletico want to move on one of their strikers to make room for Suarez. Diego Costa was the player they wanted to move on but not it seems like it will be Alvaro Morata.

Juventus are considering acquiring Morata on loan with an option to buy. If and when that deal takes place, it opens a spot for Suarez.

Suarez had made it clear that he believed he could still compete with the best in Europe. He rejected a move to MLS’ Inter Miami that would have seen him become one of the top paid players in league history.

Arriving in 2014 from Liverpool, he formed a trio alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi that was one of the best in the world. While injuries took a toll in his final few seasons, the team struggled when he was absent.

Barcelona were desperate to move on from Suarez and it looks like they will be getting their wish. Still, it’s not exactly the exit one would assume for a player who was integral to their last Champions League title as well being the anchor up top for the last six years.

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With the club needing to get younger, however, a split was inevitable. He now is set to join a team in Atletico Madrid where Simeone will play to his strengths. In any respect, Barcelona have not seen the last of “El Pistolero.”