Exactly how much money Barcelona parted with for the services of Suarez has come under the microscope ever since he made the switch, but the figure has now been made official by the La Liga giants.
In an effort to show club “transparency,” Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and vice-president Jordi Mestre gave statements in a press conference to reveal their exact net spend during the summer, with Suarez’s price tag less than many would have thought.
Reports have seen the Uruguayan’s cost hit figures upwards of £75 million—including from BBC Sport—but Barcelona’s powers-that-be have once again claimed that all it took was £65 million (€81.25 million) to bring Suarez to Camp Nou—per Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.
While an astonishing amount of money, £65 million for Suarez is suddenly looking like a bargain for Barcelona, and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard told Sky Sports his former team-mate’s exit was an enormous blow for the club:
I thought he was going to stay, I thought we’d have got another year out of him.
I was actually already on the floor when I saw the bite [on Giorgio Chiellini] because we knew [England] were going out [of the 2014 World Cup]. It was a double blow, knowing you’re going out of the World Cup and knowing you’re going to lose your best player.
I knew there was no way back for him then and I knew he was going to engineer a way out.
Engineer a way out he most certainly did, and while he faces another few months on the sidelines courtesy of the infamous bite, Barcelona have done another shrewd piece of business wrestling Suarez into the famous red and blue shirt.
His price tag is not the only one that the club have exposed, though, as every one of their seven summer acquisitions have come into the spotlight.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo, Jeremy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen, Douglas and Suarez all now call Camp Nou home, thanks to €157.25 million—as Marca reported:
|Marc-Andre ter Stegen||€12 million||€750,000|
|Ivan Rakitic||€18 million||€3 million|
|Claudio Bravo||€12 million||None|
|Jeremy Mathieu||€20 million||None|
|Thomas Vaermaelen||€10 million||€8.75 million|
|Douglas||€4 million||€1.5 million|
|Luis Suarez||€81.25 million||None|
It’s rare for any football club to part with such sensitive information, but Zubizarreta said during the press conference that such clarity is part of the club’s charm, per Gaughan:
“We are speaking to you in order to communicate transparency. We know we are the only club in the world that is like this, but we want to observe the clarity that makes us so unique.”
The sporting director will be hoping that his seven high-profile signings will propel Barcelona back to the top of both the Spanish and European game, and such a feat would make €157.25 million money well spent.
As for Suarez, the wait goes on before he has his chance to start paying back his £65 million price tag, but based on his quality, and with £10 million less to pay back, that much is an inevitability.