Liverpool, Ajax Agree £22.8m Fee For Suarez

Liverpool have offset the possible departure of Fernando Torres by agreeing a €26.5m (£22.8m) fee with Ajax for their Uruguay international striker, Luis Suarez.

Suarez was an Anfield target before Chelsea's late move for the Spain international but his proposed move had stalled over Ajax's asking price, with Liverpool offering an initial £12.8m and the Dutch club insisting on €30m. Following further negotiations involving Damien Comolli, Liverpool's director of football strategy, and the Ajax general manager, Rik van den Boog, in Amsterdam this afternoon, however, a deal was struck after Liverpool agreed to raise their offer significantly.

They said they 'had agreed a fee of up to €26.5m with Ajax for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to the completion of a medical. The club have now been given permission by Ajax to discuss personal terms with the player and his representatives.'

Suarez, 23, has made clear his desire to move to Merseyside and no problems are anticipated over his personal terms. The striker joined Ajax in 2007 and has scored 81 goals in 108 league games for them.

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