Report: Barcelona paid just £65 million for Luis Suarez, not £75 million

on 28.03.2016


While Luis Suarez‘s move to Barcelona in 2014 was widely reported to be worth £75 million, a recent report reveals it was closer to £65 million.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Suarez in action against Newcastle United during the Premiership match at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Suarez’s move away from Merseyside, and the club’s failure to reinvest the money brought in from his departure wisely, has largely contributed to a downturn in fortunes since his last season at Liverpool in 2013/14.

The Uruguayan’s switch to Barcelona came immediately after the World Cup in 2014, shrouded in the controversy of a biting incident involving Giorgio Chiellini.

But while it was reported at the time that the Catalan giants had met a £75 million release clause in Suarez’s contract, it was since been claimed that the fee paid is set to be £10 million lower.

As relayed by Twitter user Sporting Intelligence and the Mirror, Barcelona are set to pay the fifth and final instalment of their agreement with Liverpool at the end of July.

Suarez Contract Tweet

They are said to have paid Liverpool four amounts of £13 million so far, with a further £12.98 million to follow this summer.

This means that Barcelona will have paid the Reds only £64.98 million to secure Suarez’ services.

Paying via instalments is a standard procedure in modern transfer agreements, given the high value of many deals, and this revelation is in line with Barcelona vice president Jordi Meste’s claims in 2014.

“Luis Suarez had a release clause at Liverpool of £75 million. After negotiations, we in the end paid £65 million,” he explained, no doubt astonished that a relatively low fee could be agreed.

While it has since been suggested that VAT would have brought this fee up to the reported £75 million, Sporting Intelligence has since claimed this would not be the case, given Suarez was sold to a club outside of England.


Furthermore, it is believed there were no performance-related clauses in the deal, with Liverpool agreement a simple payment.

Though whether these claims are accurate remains to be seen, this could be something of a blow to Liverpool supporters, who have since seen the club spend close to half the fee received for Suarez on Christian Benteke; a symbol of the Reds’ downfall.

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  1. So Suarez was worth just over £16 million more than Sterling and between £25 and £30 million less than Gareth Bale…in what alternate universe?
    Shocking negligence and our top summer transfer target should be to replace Ayre with whoever it was at Barcelona who convinced FSG that was a good deal.

    • But Bale was only 23 and squeaky clean!
      Suarez had just brought more scandal to the club this has to be taken into account in his sell on fee.

      • Suarez numbers out do bales anyday.

        Bale just managed to get Tottenham top 4 under arry.

        Suarez made bodgers look like he had a fing clue of what he was doing…

        • But Bale doesn’t bite other players!
          Transfer fees aren’t just about goals/assists Bale was more marketable off the pitch as well not many of Barcelona’s sponsors would have wanted Suarez in their adverts after the World Cup incident.

          • Perez has built several galacticos based on the concept of marketable players and it really hasn’t returned much for its outlay.

            I understand that but the output level between both was a definitive gap. Unfortunately his reputation didn’t help but still feel we could have gotten 80m for him. Psg were keen. But we also seem to have players best interests at heart. Suarez wanted barca not psg.

          • If the World Cup incident hadn’t had happened and with goals he had scored against England his transfer fee was heading towards £80 million! I reckon we were lucky to get £65 million it’s the club’s fault for not putting out the right transfer fee like Barcelona were saying they could have easily used the WC incident as why the fee was lower than £75 million.

          • I don’t blame barca at all was good business by them.

            This is ayre and fsg.
            Fsg were petrified because of brand reputation and he was unusable for marketing ads.

            Nevermind barca ban coming into effect. We had the upper hand. However we seem to always be the clueless ones in transfers…

            Ayre done alot for the club.
            But his transfer success especially in sales is atrocious.

          • Did we have the upper hand? We had already stopped him leaving the summer before, we were holding on to a player that didn’t want to be at the club and he had just been banned for the fourth time in 3 years!
            Our hands in the transfer deal were being tied £65 million was a good deal in the end no matter how great a footballer he his.

          • We did have other interest – PSG were very clear they would match and better Barca bid.

            We could have gotten another 10-15M from them.
            And Barca had a ticking time constraint with their impending ban…

            However we would have wasted it really. So its a moot point.

    • It wasn’t as black and white as that. It was widely reported that FSG promised Suarez if he didn’t sign for Arsenal and gave us one more season, then they would allow him to go to Barcelona should they make a bid for him…It looks like with the players mind made up and no other teams being considered, that Barcelona fully exploited this with such a derisory take it or leave it offer.

      • so if they had offered us 40 million and a£1 they would have excepted the offer
        they wold have had to give him massive wages if he had come back to the club,they cashed in
        if not plain and simple no body met is release clause he goes nowhere
        fsg would sell our 5 european cups for the right price
        Infact i would go as far as to say now When they hired Klopp it was on the basis that he developed talent and was not after big name signings

        • As I said FSG had already made promises. No way they cashed in out of choice. Regardless of your views on FSG, they are not (completely) stup1d, and would have known not only would his value continue to increase but so would our chances of trophies. They sold him because they felt they had to…at an incredibly low price.

          • they held contract talks he excepted a massive new deal to start in the summer ,a release clause was set that suarez and liverpool agreed to
            FSG cashed in to make it look like they where backing the club now they where back in the cl
            When infact all they invested was the suarez money and the CL money

          • They wouldn’t have sold him, or for such a low fee if they felt they didn’t have to

          • So just because FSG made a promise to Luis, Barcelona can just bid whatever they wanted to for the player? 65mil is still a lot of money, but they could have taken the extra 10mil out from them if they wanted to I think.

          • So just because FSG made a promise to Luis, Barcelona can just bid whatever they wanted to for the player? …it appears so

        • If you are right and they cashed in as becoming a liability and bad pr with his nibbling habit, then you have to begrudgingly feel for Rodgers…as this will go to show interference in his managing the players and signings.

          • he could not stand rodgers read gerrards book suarez was angry with fsg according to gerrard he was absolutely furious with rodgers ,rodgers had promised him things he could not do
            another case of him talking to much

    • Or FSG had enough of Suarez after his biting incident which most probably knocked £10 million off his transfer fee!

  2. I don’t know what’s more shocking. This news that most of us already knew, or the breaking news that James Milner will captain England v Holland

  3. £75 million I thought was a bargain but it was agreed upon the year before to get him to sign a new contract so it was fair enough, but to not even get that for him is a kick in the bollocks.

    I bet Barca couldn’t believe it was that easy

  4. Let’s be honest whatever amount we received for Suarez was never going to be enough, he quite literally carried the entire team for 2 seasons and made Rodgers seem like a capable manager, the effects of him of leaving can still be seen within the squad today.

    • Suarez papered over the cracks that he was completely incompetent.

      3.5 years and he can’t fix a leaky defence or sign a defensive coach? Pathetic really.

      We deserve better and we have got it.
      Swansea actually deserve better too.

    • “Torres & Sterling aside, we always get mugged off when selling players”
      You appear to have disproved your own point, within your point!

      • Not really, we’ve sold hundreds of players over the years and those are the only 2 I feel we ever got the players true value to the team (in Torres’ case) or more than the value of the player (In Sterling’s case) people like Alonso, Mascherano and now Suarez all went for decent fees but nowhere near the fee they should have when you consider how valuable they were to our team.

        • Using the word ALWAYS and then citing 2 examples when it didn’t happen…yes you have.
          “almost always” would have made your point more accurately

          • haha, I see your point but it’s a bit picky. This is a comment section on a fan website. It’s not my English exam so sorry but couldn’t care less about that. Everyone knows the point I’m making

          • I apologize if my words brought back the cold sweat of English literature and language exams :)
            Almost always, usually, most often, commonly, historically, generally, typically, routinely, in general, the general rule, for the most part, most of the time, on the whole, etc,.

  5. Glad this is pretty much official now, I heard about this when it happened, the £65 million figure itself isn’t news, a quick internet search will bring up plenty of dated speculation around the fee. Lets be honest here, The release clause wasn’t met, the club wanted to wash their hands of a serial biter, it sucks but that’s the way it is.

      • I think the club grossly underestimated the importance Suarez had on the team and put it down to a great manager and a squad with a great team ethic.
        I’m not surprised that they didn’t even wait for the release clause to be triggered, after the Chielini incident that Summer some of us knew that not only was Suarez finished at Liverpool, but that the owners would welcome it.

        • It’s almost as if, even after several years of owning one of the world’s greatest football clubs, FSG are little more than a shadowy syndicate of abseball fan billionaire bankers more interested in running LFC as a selling club dollar fracnhise, while actually having little actual knowledge how football actually works in terms of moulding a club towards creating success on the football pitch.

    • The club is due another 13m from Barca so it still comes to around 75m. FSG displayed great incompetence though in this whole scenario. Should never have sold Suarez without including Sanchez as part of the deal. No one should be able to hold a club of our status to ransom, not a player and certainly not another club.

      Wish Suarez was more like Reus and stayed for another season instead of engineering a move away. Could have moved after we consolidated or position in Europe.

        • 65m+13m is around 78m. Does that include VAT or not I do not know. Either way this was poorly handled by FSG and we got ripped off in the end. Yes he had a bad reputation but any deal should have involved Sanchez

      • No dude…65m is paid in about 5 installments, 4 of them have been paid…that doesn’t mean that all of the 65m has been paid and that this is some bonus 13mil.

    • I read elsewhere that barca paid Ajax the sell on clause money that amounts it to 75m.

      However this does prove one thing.

      Barca bought the third best player in the world at a bargain.

      Ian ayre the best thing to happen to football clubs not named Liverpool.

    • It’s simple, selling to a team in another EU country, as long as they are VAT registered in their own country, means that they pay the VAT in their own country and we DO NOT pay VAT here. So, selling a player where we receive around £64,000,000 to a club in Spain gets us the same amount as if we’d sold them for around £75,000,000 in the UK. Difference is, the VAT amount is paid directly to their own government rather than to ours via us. The deal would’ve been around £75,000,000 but LFC only had to be paid the non VAT part..

      • An offer of £75 million pounds was not made, the release clause was not triggered, Liverpool were actively looking to sell the player due to the Chiellini incident.

        • I’m not doubting they were looking to sell, but that document and VAT rules mean the deal was around £75,000,000 in total, IF the document is legitimate

  6. Roy Hodgson has confirmed Daniel Sturridge will start for England tomorrow night vs. Holland
    PLEASE don’t break him again Roy!

    • It doesn’t mention Suarez by name in the document, so i’m going to appease my anger by making belief this was the Javier Mascherano transfer fee :)

  7. “Plus applicable V.A.T” – Which happens to work out at £11m !!
    So the club were just adding taxes, nowt wrong there then. Or am I missing summat ?

    • “While it has since been suggested that VAT would have brought this fee up to the reported £75 million, Sporting Intelligence has since claimed this would not be the case, given Suarez was sold to a club outside of England.”

      • So Barcelona MUST have paid VAT in Spain then… I don’t know the regulations about vat much, but it only makes sense they paid there…

        • Dude I just quoted from the article above. SI seems to suggest this wasn’t the case, I don’t know about VAT in terms of player purchase either so I’m going with what these guys are telling me.

  8. Not that I’m in denial mode here but how exactly do we know that what these guys post is legit? How do they get their hands on these type of documents to begin with?

  9. Selling suarez without getting a proper replacement was unacceptable. Selling him for 20 mil pounds less then they should have is just plain incompetence!! We’re being runned by fools!

    • Player power. If we could have held him to his contract then we could have forced barca to pay the release clause at the very least.

  10. Must be remembered that Suarez was serving a 3 month ban and had the worst reputation of anyone in football at the time.

    Players value is determined by more than his on field performance these days….

  11. OMG.. Does any of you know how contracts work??? Clauses in the contracts??? You don’t just decide what the clause should be, the player has to accept it too… And then you have taxes, complicated taxes especially on international transfers… And then you have to think when did Suarez sign his extension with LFC, was it before 13/14 I think??? And then you consider that Suarez reputation while in EPL was turning into that of a bad-boy, and then you have to think that the Crocodiles of English sports media were eating him alive for that!!! And then you have to think that 13/14 season we were almost like having him on borrowed time since he had wanted to leave the season before… And then, and then, it goes on and on with ifs and buts… But some of you guys, it’s not enough that you are the best scouts in the world telling who should come and that you are the best players evaluators telling who should leave (while of course your HERO player this week becomes the VILLAIN the week next), you stuck your nose in a subject you don’t know all the facts about it, and more important, in a subject that you probably know nothing about: contracts, transfers, and what goes on behind closed doors… Are you fans or gossipers??? (Like I said: Some of you)!!!

  12. So we weren’t even competent enough to get an outright payment. Not only do we have to give away our most prized asset for less than its worth, we have to give it away at their convenience.

    • It’s simple, selling to a team in another EU country, as long as they
      are VAT registered in their own country, means that they pay the VAT in
      their own country and we DO NOT pay VAT here. So, selling a player where
      we receive around £64,000,000 to a club in Spain gets us the same
      amount as if we’d sold them for around £75,000,000 in the UK. Difference
      is, the VAT amount is paid directly to their own government rather than
      to ours via us. The deal would’ve been around £75,000,000 but LFC only
      had to be paid the non VAT part.

  13. Hmmmm, would like to know more about this. Why would ayre allow himself to be negotiated down in this.
    When Bale was sold, English papers highlighted the £86m fee whereas the Spanish press reported it as £77m . the difference was tax and payouts to previous clubs.
    Perhaps this is a similar thing.

  14. It’s simple, selling to a team in another EU country, as long as they are VAT registered in their own country, means that they pay the VAT in their own country and we DO NOT pay VAT here. So, selling a player where we receive around £64,000,000 to a club in Spain gets us the same amount as if we’d sold them for around £75,000,000 in the UK. Difference is, the VAT amount is paid directly to their own government rather than to ours via us. The deal would’ve been around £75,000,000 but LFC only had to be paid the non VAT part.

  15. Just confirms that FSG the baseball fan billionaires and their fanboys are happy to deceive anyone they can as often as they can.

    LFC under FSG are a selling club/dollar franchise with a glorious
    past to monetise, now owned lock stock and two smoking barrels by a
    cabal of absentee baseball fan billionaires.

    People need to ask – seriously, why would Suarez stay. Look at what he’s achieving at Barca.

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