BARCELONA, SPAIN – Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over.
Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a five-year contract.
“We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield,” Liverpool said in a statement on its website.
The Uruguay international is prevented from any involvement in soccer until the end of October after being handed a four-month suspension by FIFA for biting an Italian opponent at the World Cup in Brazil.
But Barcelona had no qualms in bolstering its strike force with the soccer pariah, in the hope he can help the team regain the Spanish title.
The 27-year-old Suarez can’t train with his new Barcelona teammates under the terms of his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s group stage match against Italy.
The World Cup moment of madness came at the end of a season that began with Suarez also being banned for biting, on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during an April 2013 English Premier League match. Barcelona will be hoping Suarez brings his goal-scoring form to the Nou Camp — he netted 31 in the Premier League last season — rather than the hot-headed temperament.