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Suarez Ends Contract with Barcelona, Moves to Join Athletico Madrid

Suarez Ends Contract with Barcelona

Luis Suarez has agreed to terminate his contract with Barcelona, ending a recent acrimonious exit issue.

It however appears that Atletico Madrid would be the next destination for the Uruguayan striker, even though there has been a long-term interest from Italian giants, Juventus.

The anticipated departure of Suarez will lead to Atletico shifting on former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, who will now return to Juventus on loan.

Suarez had been widely expected to make the move to Juventus after new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman made it clear that he did not feature in his plans.

Suarez passed an Italian exam in Perugia last week in order to acquire dual nationality, with Juventus unable to bring in any more non-EU players in this transfer window following the arrivals of Arthur Melo and Weston McKennie.

The 33-year-old was facing an anxious wait for a passport to be approved ahead of the transfer window closing on October 5, and Andrea Pirlo admitted at the weekend the transfer would be ‘difficult’.

According to Italian outlet Gazzette dello Sport, the new Juventus boss said: “Suarez is difficult because the times to get a passport are long, it is complicated that [our new striker] can be him.”

The breakdown in his move to Juventus has allowed Atletico to swoop in, with Diego Simeone looking to pair Suarez with Diego Costa up front.

The Spaniard spent two seasons at Juventus between 2014 and 2016 and was part of the side that reached the Champions League final in 2015.

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