Liverpool have announced that they have reached an agreement with Eredivisie side Ajax, over the transfer of Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez.
The Anfield board have been in talks with their counterparts in Amsterdam trying to thrash out a deal for Suarez for the better part of a week now, and have finally reached an agreement over a fee, believed to be in the region of €26.5m (£22m).
Suarez, 24, scored 49 goals in 48 games for Ajax last season, and was then impressive at the World Cup in South Africa when he impressed playing in Uruguay’s front three alongside Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan, and the Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
He also scored three times, including a double in the second round win over South Korea.
However, his tournament ended in controversy as he was sent off in the final seconds of extra-time for a deliberate handball on the goalline in Uruguay’s quarter-final against Ghana – Uruguay of course going on to win on penalties and meet Holland in the semi-final.
He has since been caught in more controversy this campaign, being banned for seven league games after biting a rival player on the shoulder during a match against PSV Eindhoven in November.
However, his ability and goalscoring exploits have never been in doubt, and the reigning Dutch footballer of the year has a further 13 goals to his name this season, goals which have seen him move past the 100-goal mark for the Amsterdam giants.
The Uruguayan will now discuss personal terms with Liverpool, who will hope to wrap up his transfer as quickly as possible.
Editor’s Comment: The new Liverpool board, the Fenway Sports Group, are putting their money where there mouth is with the signing of the talented Suarez.
Nevertheless, what FSG must do now is persuade Fernando Torres to remain at the club and hopefully by showing this level of investment in the playing staff, the Spaniard, who has seemed somewhat disillusioned with events at Anfield this season, will decide to stay to team up with the Uruguayan.
Suarez, with his all action style and his energy, would be the perfect foil for the classy Spaniard and there is no doubt that they could prove a formidable partnership at Anfield with Torres remaining as the main striker, and Suarez playing in his favoured position, in the supporting role, being allowed to attack from deep.
Could this be the start of the Liverpool phoenix rising from the ashes? Only time will tell.