Barcelona say they have signed Liverpool striker


Luis Suarez is now "100%" a Barcelona player, the Spanish club has said.

A £75m deal was agreed last week for the Liverpool striker.

The La Liga runners-up are not able to present Suarez to their fans as the Uruguayan, 27, is serving a four-month ban from football-related activity for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

"He is 100% a member of the club," Barca director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta told a news conference.

The striker will be ineligible to play for the La Liga runners-up or even to train with his team-mates until late October, unless the appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) is successful.

Zubizarreta believes the former Ajax forward will be a "positive" acquisition.

"We accept people here, imperfections and all," he said. "I am sure Luis Suarez will be someone positive for us in the future."

Suarez's ban was the biggest in World Cup history, eclipsing the eight-game suspension given to Italy's Mauro Tassotti for elbowing Spain's Luis Enrique - now Barca boss - in 1994.

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