Atletico Madrid have now strengthened their attack with the signing of the Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from Barcelona, ending his six-year stint at the Camp Nou.
The Catalan club took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm that Suarez will leave for the Spanish capital and that they will hold a farewell press conference on Thursday. “Thankyou,@LuisSuarez9, for the last six years! His farewell press conference will be held at 12:30pm CEST on Thursday at Camp Nou. Watch LIVE on Barça TV+”, the club wrote on its official Twitter handle.
Suarez, who is Barcelona’s all time third highest scorer with 198 goals across all competitions, joined the Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, but even then his former club, Barcelona could make up to €6 million, based on a number ofperformance related variable.
According to the Atletico, the deal will be subject to a medical examination and is expected to be for two years.
Atletico coach, Diego Simeone was driving force behind roping in the Uruguay striker, which fell into place after their Spanish striker Alvaro Morata joined Juventus on loan on Tuesday.
Suarez had earlier been told that he was surplus to requirements by Barca’s new coach Ronald Koeman last month, following which, the legal team of Suarez began talks with the Catalan Club regarding an early termination of his contract, which otherwise had a year left to run.
Eventually an agreement brokered on Monday, according to which the Uruguay striker would give up a percentage of what he was owed in exchange for being allowed to leave the club for free.
The 33 year old Uruguay striker had previously rejected an offer from Inter Miami, who offered him a deal worth around €8m annually, which would have made him the highest-ever paid player in Major League Soccer.
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