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Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

LIVERPOOL were doomed to lose Luis Suarez after the World Cup finals in Brazil - bite or no bite - and the player himself knew that Barcelona were ready to trigger his £75m get-out clause.

And to add insult to injury for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, Barca are now claiming that they got the Uruguayan hit man at a knock-down price, £10m below the trigger amount, although sources on Merseyside are adamant that they got the full amount.

"That's not true," was the terse response from a senior Anfield source but Barca vice president Jordi Mestre, has other ideas.

The fee for Suarez had been widely reported as £75m, but Mestre said: "Suarez's transfer cost €81m (£65m)."

"Our negotiations started some time ago before the World Cup," Mestre said. "£75m was the original price, we negotiated it down to £65m, which was down to two factors, the skill of those negotiating and Luis' willingness to join Barcelona."

"He had significant offers, better offers, but he always said he is a Barca fan."

Suarez has revealed that he was worried that his hugely controversial biting incident involving Italian stopper Giorgio Chiellini would scupper the move which confirms that he knew he he was on the way out of Anfield before he even landed in Brazil.

"Of course I was concerned - not just about the transfer to Barcelona but more for me as a person," Suarez admitted at the Nou Camp yesterday.

The Uruguayan provoked uproar in June when he bit Chiellini, the third time he has committed such an offence and one that initially earned Suarez a four-month ban from all football related activity and a nine-match international suspension.

While the ban stands, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has subsequently relaxed the "excessive" elements of the punishment, meaning Suarez can now train and play in friendlies for his new club and country.

The forward switched earlier this summer but the FIFA ban meant he could only be unveiled yesterday, a day after his debut as a substitute in the 6-0 friendly win over Mexican side Leon.


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