Luis Suarez Edges Closer to Atletico Madrid Move After Barcelona Agree Transfer Fee

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Luis Suarez’s long Barcelona career is coming to an end | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Luis Suarez has edged closer to a move to Atletico Madrid, after the player’s lawyers agreed a deal for Barcelona to receive a staggered transfer fee.

Following the off-field turmoil that was sparked by Barça’s 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, Suarez was one of many players put up for sale by the club as part of a huge rebuild.

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Luis Suarez has long been expected to depart Barcelona during the current transfer window | Pool/Getty Images

Over the summer, a host of clubs have been chasing the Uruguayan including Inter Miami and Juventus. A deal to the latter appeared to be done, only for Suarez’s Italian citizenship controversy to put the move in jeopardy.

The latest development in the saga has seen Atletico emerge as favourites to land the striker. According to AS, the deal is close after an agreement was reached over Suarez’s transfer fee.

Barcelona had hoped to receive around €10m for Suarez but Atletico refused to pay. Instead, following intervention from the player’s lawyers, Los Rojiblancos will cough up an incentive based fee over the next two seasons. However, the maximum Barça will receive overall is just €4m.

Suarez will replace departing striker Alvaro Morata, who has in, turn, linked back up with Juventus. The former Chelsea forward has signed a €10m season-long loan deal, which includes €45m option to buy.

Atletico had planned for the arrival of Suarez to be announced on the same deal as Morata’s departure, however thanks to delays the two deals will likely be revealed at least one day apart.

Suarez has taken a 50% pay cut in order to seal his Camp Nou departure and Diego Simeone will be hoping he can fire his side back into the La Liga title race. Atletico finished 17 points shy of champions Real Madrid last season and will be expecting better this time around.