Uruguay manager “claims” Liverpool had Barcelona agreement

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EDIT: The original translator of Tabarez’s reported quotes has now revealed they were made up. Quotes were also reported by The Independent and NBC.

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez has reportedly claimed that Liverpool and Barcelona had an agreement over the sale of Luis Suarez last November – but that Liverpool began to back out on the deal.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 11, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez looks dejected after missing a chance against Newcastle United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Suarez is on the verge of making the move to Barcelona for a reported fee of £75 million, but Tabarez reportedly claims that Suarez was furious after finding out that Liverpool had changed their decision to allow him to leave.

The quotes suggest that Liverpool agreed to allow Suarez to move in November, just before he signed a new contract in December.

The quotes, via 101GreatGoals and translated via Reddit, are:

[Quotes removed, see editor notes above.]

If Tabarez’s words are to be believed — and they do appear a little dubious, it would seem that Liverpool and Suarez came to an agreement over him signing a new deal, with the agreed release clause, in exchange for being allowed to leave the club this summer. Something which happened when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid a year after signing a new deal at Man United.

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