Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona, according to reports.

The Uruguayan striker is being allowed to move for a cut-price fee, and will take a paycut in order for him to facilitate the move.

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He had been lined up for a switch to Juventus but the move collapsed when it emerged he would use up a non-EU squad space despite being entitled to an Italian passport through his wife.

A story on the BBC suggests that he has been allowed to join one of Barca’s Liga rivals after threatening club chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu with going public over his grievances at the club.

Atletico will have to pay a fee of €4 million for the 33-year-old forward, which is in part made up of performance bonuses. Suarez will earn 15 million euros a year under Diego Simeone, half of what he earned at the Nou Camp.

He was accused of cheating on a test for his Italian passport on Tuesday.

Enrique Sanchez, one of Eurosport's Spanish football experts, explained the move.

Besides Morata nobody else should go away from Atletico. At least, not other striker.

"Now Simeone has different options. He could play with Suarez and Costa in a 4-4-2. It's the system that he likes the most.

"But obviously he could play with other options. First, Costa is a player with many injuries, so probably Suarez could play alone a lot of matches on a 4-5-1 or with other teammates on the 4-4-2.

"Last season he used Marcos Llorente as a second striker, to give more power to the midfield and have a surprise attack player with Marcos. So that's another option.

"Of course the one that people expects is to put together Suarez and Joao Felix, or Costa and Joao Felix on the attack. But Felix always could play also on the side, so even the three could play together.

"Besides Felix he could also use Lemar as a second striker and Correa. But attack players have to fight hard to be on the starting XI. Because Simeone usually prefers to use more midfielders than strikers or wingers, and when he chooses this kind of 'second striker' he puts them on a side of the 4-4-2."

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