Barcelona Transfer News: Luis Suarez Funds Confirmed, Liverpool Exit Expected

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed they have the spending power to make any signings they wish in the summer transfer window, including Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

As reported by John Cross in the Mirror, the club's vice-president, Javier Faus, is confident of Barca's financial strength in the transfer market:

"In the last three years Barca have been earning money and reducing their debt at a large rate and are stronger financially. We can realise all the sporting challenges and signings our coaches and sporting director want."

Therefore, the Camp Nou outfit's much-rumoured £80 million bid for Uruguayan Suarez, per Charles Reynolds in The Independent, looks to be a genuine possibility.

Especially after the player recently issued an apology for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup Group D game in Brazil, via his official Twitter feed:

The incident has seen the 27-year-old banned by FIFA for nine international matches, and he is prohibited from football-related activities for the next four months. The BBC's Gary Lineker asserts that Barca insisted upon the apology in order for the transfer of Suarez to go ahead:

It is the third time in his career that Suarez has been charged for biting an opponent—the previous two coming during his playing time for Liverpool and Ajax—and Cross reports the La Liga giants want assurances made that it will not happen again if they are to sign him up. 

Despite the apology, it is becoming increasingly likely that Suarez's position at Anfield—where he arrived in 2011—is untenable and the Merseyside outfit may well look to cash in on their best player over the summer.

He top-scored in the Premier League last season as Liverpool came second, but his consistent controversial behaviour—which also saw him racially abuse Manchester United's Patrice Evra and pick up an eight-game ban in 2011—has made him a liability at the club, per BT Sport's Jake Humphrey:

While Liverpool will not be able to bring in a like-for-like replacement for Suarez in terms of quality, an £80 million transfer fee would allow them to significantly add to their squad as they look to rebuild.

While he is no doubt a superb striker—one of the world's best—his most recent indiscretion has put more pressure on Liverpool to get rid off him, and they may well benefit in the long term from doing so.