Luis Suarez is on the verge of completing his Atletico Madrid move after the club agreed a £6million deal to sign him from Barcelona.
Former Liverpool star Suarez said an emotional goodbye to his Barca teammates on Wednesday as he left the club’s training ground for the last time.
The 33-year-old looked set to join Juventus this summer after being told he was not in the plans of new Nou Camp boss Ronald Koeman.
But after a proposed move to the Serie A giants fell through, it became clear Suarez was heading to Barca’s La Liga rivals Atletico.
And Los Rojiblancos have confirmed the news, announcing they have reached an agreement with the Catalan side over a £6m switch.
The formalities of his move look set to be completed on Thursday, with Barcelona expected to hold a press conference paying tribute to their outgoing star the same day.
He departs as the club’s third all-time top goalscorer with a sensational 198 goals in 283 appearances, while he helped the Catalan giants win four La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys and a Champions League during his six years at the Nou Camp.
It is believed he was keen to stay at the club, but had no choice but to leave given Barcelona’s insistence on getting him off their wage bill.
On Wednesday, Suarez was pictured slumped in his car in tears as he left Barca’s training ground for the last time after he said his goodbyes to close friends such as Lionel Messi.
The striker is expected to sign a two-year deal with Atletico.
It remains to be seen when Suarez will make his Atletico debut, with their La Liga season kicking off this weekend as they host Granada on Sunday.
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