Luis Suarez's family believes the Uruguayan striker will complete his move to Barcelona by the end of the week, according to Sky Sports and Bleacher Report UK Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, via Samuel Jay C on Twitter:
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail suggests the deal could be held up due to Liverpool's demands of £75 million upfront for the striker, who netted 31 goals in the Premier League last season, but a deal does appear close.
Suarez's move away from Anfield appears to have accelerated since he was banned from footballing activity for four months and nine international games after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, per BBC Sport.
While this is an opportune time to cash in on the player who now has three biting convictions throughout his professional career, Liverpool fans may have expected Chilean star Alexis Sanchez to be thrown into the deal to soften the blow of losing Suarez.
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This is unlikely to happen after James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo suggested "the desire of Sanchez's family [is] to live in the capital," making Arsenal the most viable target. Sanchez's future is no longer expected to influence a deal for Suarez, and if Balague's quotes come to fruition, the Blaugrana could soon have a third superstar forward to sit alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Former England manager and Sky Sports pundit Glenn Hoddle believes Suarez is "irreplaceable" at Anfield but indicates the Reds will feel they've "got away with that a little bit and got decent money for him." He also describes the "baggage" of such a controversial striker, who, in addition to his biting, was charged for racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.
There's no denying Suarez's majestic nature with the ball at his feet. New Barca boss Luis Enrique looks to have added steely firepower to his midfield with the signing of Ivan Rakitic, and Suarez will continue to implement an elusive incision to the Camp Nou side.
The conditions for a move certainly point toward a fruitful tenure in Catalonia for the 27-year-old. Suarez's wife's family live in the area, making the move a profitable one on a personal level, per David Anderson of the Mirror. It may also be wise to escape the lure of the English press, with whom Suarez has always endured a patchy relationship.
Barcelona's decision to sign Suarez has the potential to propel the club toward another era of success. It appears both the player and his prospective club have achieved all they can in their current states, so a union makes total sense.
While Suarez the man will always be questioned for his actions, Suarez the footballer has proven to be a frequent match-winner. If Barca can help the striker settle down, they will have captured arguably the world's third-best footballer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and their very own Messi.