CONFIRMED! Atlético Sign Suárez
Atletico Madrid Wednesday evening finally announced the signing of Luis Suarez from Barcelona on a free transfer, with six million euros to be paid in variables.
Nigerian Sketch learnt that the striker reached an agreement with Barca to rescind the final year of his contract, allowing him to perfect a two-year deal with Atletico.
Suarez will earn nine million euros after tax per year at Atletico, where he’ll work under Diego Simeone.
The transfer comes after Juventus turned down the chance to sign the Uruguayan, preferring to go for Alvaro Morata on loan instead.
He left Barca as the club’s third all-time top scorer (198) after a trophy-laden spell at the Camp Nou, where he lifted the Champions League in his first season, as well as four La Liga titles.
The 33-year-old, who spent six years at the Catalan giants after joining from Liverpool for a reported £64.98 million, has agreed terms on a reduced salary with Atletico.
The 33-year-old, who scored 16 goals in 28 La Liga appearances last season was left furious after the club’s new manager Ronald Koeman told him he had no future at the Camp Nou.
That phone conversation between the pair lasted just 60 seconds, according to Spanish publication SPORT, who report that Suarez ‘did not ask for more explanations, nor did the coach think it necessary to give them.’
He was told to be surplus to requirements at the Catalan giants and was reportedly told to find a new club.
A move to Juventus looked to be on the cards for weeks but it did not materialise as Atletico look set to secure the huge signing on a two-year deal.
Suarez was spotted Wednesday morning leaving Barca’s training ground in tears as he bade his former team mate goodbye.