BARCELONA – The signing of Luis Suárez by Atlético de Madrid could mean a total cost of 11 million for the mattress club, according to information from the Sport newspaper that was confirmed, and specified, to ESPN Deportes by Barcelona sources, confirming that the Transfer of the Uruguayan forward was agreed based on a fixed amount of 5 million euros and some variables of up to another 6, divided into three concepts.
Atlético and Barça agreed on variables of two million euros as soon as the Uruguayan striker reached 20 official matches (he has already participated in 23), to which another two must be added if Simeone’s team eliminates Chelsea and qualifies for the quarterfinals Champions League final. The remaining two are pending according to the player’s performance next season. In the event that Suárez left the Metropolitan Wanda at the end of this course, those two million should be disbursed automatically.
All these amounts, however, are only contemplated for accounting purposes since the theoretical payments that Atlético should make will be subtracted from the debt that Barcelona has with the Madrid club since the signing of Antoine Griezmann in the summer of 2019.
Barça took Griezmann by paying the 120 million euros established in his termination clause, but Atlético started an agreement for another 15 million, which was officially established as a preferential purchase option for three players of the mattress squad. This overpayment, however, was accepted by the former Barça president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, due to the threat of the leaders to denounce Barcelona for having negotiated with the player when his clause, before the end of the 2018-19 season, was 200 million euros and not the 120 that were at the end of the course.
Atlético announced to Barça its intention to claim 80 million euros for that reason and the Barça club, then, negotiated that agreement of 15 million to avoid going to court. From that amount the first 7 million have already been subtracted, awaiting the tie between Atlético and Chelsea …
What are not simple accounting notes, but cash, are the payments that Luis Suárez continues to receive from Barcelona. The Uruguayan player did not close his signing for Atlético de Madrid until the necessary amount from Barça was added to the salary to be received by the mattress club until he reached the close to 18 million euros net that he had under contract at the Camp Nou.
Hence, in one way or another, Suárez continues to cost Barcelona money and the 11 million agreed with Atlético do not come to fruition.