Barcelona confirm arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool on five-year deal

Barcelona confirm the signing of Uruguay striker Luis Suárez from Liverpool on a five-year contract

Barcelona have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Luis Suarez on a five-year contract for a fee believed to be around £75m.

The 27-year-old striker will travel to Spain next week to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on the deal.

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain,” said Suarez in a statement.

“Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.

“But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.”

Suarez is currently banned from all football-related activity for his bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision,” he added.

“This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

“I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I’m sure will be successful again next season.

“I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.

“Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last season and won the PFA player of the year award.

A Liverpool statement added: “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.”

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