The Mirror's Ben Burrow has word of the 27-year-old reaching a deal to leave the Premier League in favor of the La Liga juggernaut.
Barcelona have apparently agreed terms with Suarez. Spanish newspaper SPORT have reported the agreement and describe the transfer as "inevitable."
They indicate that the Catalan giants have opened the bidding by offering the Reds €30m plus Alexis Sanchez. By Barca's maths that equates to a total offer of somewhere in the region of €60m.
It is believed Liverpool are holding out for closer to £80m. But with the Uruguayan seemingly now set on a switch their bargaining position appears weaker than in previous days.
Through 33 Premier League appearances last season, he netted 31 goals and 12 assists for Liverpool, who finished second behind Manchester City in the EPL. His play earned him an 8.43 rating on WhoScored, the highest score of his professional career.
After missing Uruguay's opening World Cup match, he demonstrated his value by scoring a pair of goals during their 2-1 victory over England, which helped secure their advancement past the group stage.
That, of course, came before he sunk his teeth into Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during their pivotal Group D bout. He received a four-month ban from all football activities, banishing him for the rest of the World Cup due to this third biting incident.
Chiellini called the punishment "excessive," but if anything, it's nowhere near harsh enough. Someone who engages in such bizarre animalistic behavior on multiple occasions should not be allowed back on the field until undergoing intense anger-management therapy.
An actual sign of contrition wouldn't hurt either. Almost as disturbing as the heinous act was his complete lack of remorse, making a laughable excuse rather than expressing guilt for his disgusting behavior. Per The Telegraph's Jason Burt:
In the run-up to the impact, my knees came together, I lost my balance and that destabilised my body and I fell into my opponent. In the moment, my face came into collision with the player, causing a small bruise on my cheekbone and a lot of pain to my teeth, which caused the referee to stop play.
Yes, it's super easy to unhinge your jaw and bite down on another person's shoulder by mistake. Happens all the time.
If FIFA is only willing to go halfway, Liverpool should at least take a stand and decide there's no place for someone like Suarez on their squad. Even if it that means they must settle for a deal below their £80 million price, a mark previously reported by The Independent's Sam Wallace.
Alexis Sanchez can't quite match Suarez on the pitch, but he is emerging as an elite player in his own right. The 25-year-old scored 19 goals and had 10 assists for Barcelona last season, and he has served as Chile's chief catalyst with two goals and five assists during the World Cup. He'll chew away at Suarez's lost output without chewing human beings.
It also keeps Sanchez from Arsenal, who have made him their No. 1 target this transfer period. If Liverpool don't jump on the deal, his breakout performance in Brazil will earn him a lucrative deal elsewhere in the Premier League.
Not only can the midfielder deliver quality production, Liverpool can sleep at night knowing they're not the ones enabling Suarez's antics. Let Barcelona deal with the headache, and see if the goals offset the next scandal that places him back in hot water.
He is one of the world's most prolific scorers, but no player is worth this trouble. As tough as it to surrender someone who has carried their attack for four season, Liverpool should jettison Suarez as soon as possible.
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