Barcelona Transfer News: Luis Suarez Deal Imminent, Neymar Doctor on Standby

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Uruguay's soccer player Luis Suarez holds his children as he greets fans from their home's balcony on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, June 27, 2014. Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to see the hundreds of Uruguay fans who had gathered the previous night to give him a hero's welcome despite his World Cup banishment. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
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Luis Suarez's much-anticipated move to Barcelona will be completed this weekend providing last season's La Liga runners-up meet Liverpool's £75 million asking price.

That's according to David Anderson of the Mirror, who also states the Catalan club has medics—currently assessing Neymar—ready to jet off to Uruguay in order to quickly complete an evaluation.

Barca’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has said the Catalans have sent their doctor to Brazil to assess the back injury that ended their forward Neymar's involvement in the World Cup.

Once the medic has finished with Neymar, he will be free to fly to Uruguay to give Kop star Suarez his medical.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28:  Colombian fans hold up a sign 'Where's Luis' in reference to the banned Luis Suarez ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, B
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However, it's noted that the Reds are currently holding out for a greater lump sum up front so that they can go about their summer spending spree, which has already brought in Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Metro reports that, at present, more than £20 million of the fee will be made in the form of future instalments:

Despite the four-month ban given to Suarez for an infamous third biting offence of his career while away at the World Cup, Barca's interest in the striker has never wavered.

And when Suarez eventually did own up to his actions and apologise for the attack on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini last week, Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was quick to praise his target, per Sky Sports:

Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important. He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it's the best thing a person can do.

Clearly, Barcelona's head figures feel the positives outweigh the negatives in Suarez's case, with last season's Premier League Player of the Year presumably seen as something of a final piece to their attacking puzzle.

It's indicative of Suarez's desire to join La Blaugrana's cause that he would take a pay cut in order to push through a move, per Anderson, having allegedly agreed terms on a four-year £200,000-a-week deal.

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Another segment in that jigsaw, Neymar, is under close surveillance by his club, who are hoping that the back injury suffered during the World Cup quarter-finals will not impact his 2014-15 season.

La Liga expert Graham Hunter gives the indication that the forward won't be ready for the start of the campaign after divulging that he won't return to his Camp Nou headquarters until August 5:

The hope for Barcelona, according to Anderson's report, is that they can soon have Suarez and Neymar playing in tandem alongside Lionel Messi.

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Right now, it seems all parts are in place for Suarez's transfer to go through. It merely needs a catalyst.

Alexis Sanchez's expected switch to Arsenal may prove that catalyst, releasing funds for Barca to appease Liverpool with a greater initial sum. The Sanchez deal is expected to happen on Thursday, per Guillem Balague's latest AS report, so Suarez will likely follow soon after.