Furious Luis Suarez ‘threatened to publish the emails showing the clubs he was forbidden from joining’ as he fumed at Barcelona for blocking him from signing for Atletico Madrid for free – before they struck an exit deal
- Suarez is poised to complete his £5.5m move to Atletico Madrid on Thursday
- He will depart Barcelona with an emotional press conference after agreement
- Reports say Suarez threatened to publish list of clubs he couldn’t join for free
- Uruguayan striker, 33, wanted to prove Atletico were not on the list
- But a deal was hastily agreed on Wednesday with Suarez signing two-year deal
A furious Luis Suarez ‘threatened to publish emails listing the clubs he was forbidden from joining’ before Barcelona finally agreed to his Atletico Madrid move.
The Uruguayan striker is poised to join Atletico for £5.5million after the two clubs thrashed out an agreement on Wednesday night.
But not before Suarez reportedly wanted to disclose a private e-mail Barcelona had sent him naming the clubs he could not move to for free. Suarez wanted to show that Atletico Madrid was not on there.
Atletico Madrid confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sign Luis Suarez for £5.5million
Luis Suarez left Barcelona’s training ground in tears ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid
The emotional moment was captured as he left the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facilities
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Suarez’s actions led to the speedy resolution of the deal with Barca’s LaLiga rivals.
The 33-year-old is set for an emotional farewell press conference at Barcelona on Thursday ahead of his move to Atletico, where he has agreed a two-year contract.
It brings to a close a six-year stint at the Nou Camp in which he scored 198 goals in 283 appearances, winning four league titles, four Spanish Cups and the Champions League.
Suarez was informed back on August 24 by new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman that he was not part of his plans for the season ahead.
The former Liverpool striker had one year remaining on his contract but that would have been extended until 2022 had he played in 60 per cent of the team’s matches this season.
The Uruguayan said goodbye to team-mates including Lionel Messi ahead of the £5.5m move
Suarez has netted a remarkable 198 times in 283 appearances since joining from Liverpool
President Josep Maria Bartomeu had left Suarez off a list of ‘untouchable’ players who wouldn’t be sold this summer but were willing to supplement his salary at the club he joined.
However, an agreement listed a number of teams he couldn’t sign for, including Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
Suarez appeared to be bound for Juventus and flew to Italy for a language exam that would earn him Italian citizenship and a non-EU slot in their squad.
But he is now set to line up for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in LaLiga next season
However, the move to Turin fell through with questions marks now raised over how Suarez passed the citizenship test. Suarez then entered into talks with Atletico and agreed terms.
Bartomeu then tried to block the move, insisting he could not depart to Atletico for free.
However, Suarez has finally secured his move to Atletico for a £5.5m fee, raising the intriguing prospect of a striker partnership with Diego Costa.