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Luis Suarez Leaving Liverpool for Barcelona

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Luis Suarez is on his way from Liverpool to Barcelona, the English club confirmed Friday. The official transfer fee hasn’t been confirmed. Sky has it in the region of $125 million. All that needs to be finished is a medical examination, via the Guardian. Suarez will sign a five-year contract with the Spanish club.

FIFA upheld Suarez’s four-month ban for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup last month in Brazil. Suarez missed the start of the 2013-14 season with Liverpool for a bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in May 2013. Last season Suarez scored or assisted on 43 of Liverpool’s 101 league goals, helping the Reds to a second-place finish and a return to the Champions League..

At Barcelona it will be fascinating to watch how Suarez, once his ban is over, mixes with Lionel Messi and Neymar. That lineup sounds like something out of a video game, frankly.

Liverpool will have a lot to replace and the money from Suarez should help. The club have already signed Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can this summer. Spending some of the Suarez cash windfall on defenders should be atop Liverpool’s priority along with building depth to compete concurrently in the Premier League and Champions League..

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