Report: Luis Suarez, Atletico Madrid reach agreement

Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates after scoring a goal in the La Liga game against RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, July 8, 2020. /VCG

Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid and may arrive at the Wanda Metropolitano on a two-year deal, Mundo Deportivo reported on Monday.

Barca’s new manager Ronald Koeman has already told the 33-year-old that he is not part of his plans. Since arriving at Camp Nou in 2014, Suarez has scored 198 goals in 283 games and won four La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey championships and one UEFA Champions League title. Since Neymar departed for Paris Saint-Germain, Suarez has been the most effective partner for Lionel Messi.

That partly explained why Messi told Barca he wanted to leave after the club made it clear that they no longer wanted Suarez.

Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid in the La Liga game against Real Betis Balompie at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain, July 11, 2020. /VCG

Of course, before the transfer can be completed, Suarez and Barca must settle their compensation problem. There’s still one year left on Suarez’s contract with Barca. The 33-year-old wanted his last-year salary but the club did not want to pay him that much. According to the latest report by Catalan radio station RAC1, Barcelona have agreed to end Suarez’s contract by paying him part of the agreed salary.

That news should motivate Atletico Madrid to speed up in selling Diego Costa. Rumors suggest Fenerbahçe are interested in landing him, but so far there has been no concrete offer.

Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid in the La Liga agame against Real Sociedad at Wanda Metropolitano, July 19, 2020. /VCG

Meanwhile, Juventus who almost signed Suarez but called the deal off in the end because of a passport problem, are interested in bringing back Alvaro Morata on loan from Atletico Madrid, according to Deportes Cuatro. Morata played for Juventus in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, winning two Serie A titles and reaching the Champions League final with the club.

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