I haven’t missed a footie post since the World Cup began, but today is quiescent. There is, however, some news. According to today’s New York Times, The Chomper is being transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool, partly because of his World Cup Chomp:
Luis Suárez, who was suspended from all soccer activities for four months after biting an opposing player during the World Cup, will return from his ban with a new club: Barcelona.
It may not be the best example for young and impressionable players looking up to the Uruguayan star, but part of the fallout from Suárez’s infamous nibble of the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder was increased pressure on Liverpool, his former club, to grant him the transfer he had requested. Liverpool had previously rejected opportunities to part with Suárez, but after this latest incident — the third biting episode of Suárez’s career — Liverpool engaged Barcelona in negotiations. The teams settled on a transfer fee reported to be 75 million pounds (about $128 million), and Suárez agreed to a five-year contract with the Catalan club.
Technically, Suárez’s four-month suspension means he cannot be officially introduced at the Camp Nou stadium, but Barcelona confirmed the deal Friday morning.
75 million pounds!! Meanwhile, SN Soccer has a curiously inconclusive article called “Can Suarez, Messi and Neymar fit together at Barcelona?“