Barcelona must pay €14 million (£12m/$17m) to cancel Luis Suarez’s current contract, according to a report.
A new era is being ushered in at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in the managerial hot seat following a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.
The Dutchman has already started making plans for his first year at the helm, with wholesale changes to the squad expected after the club’s first trophyless season in 12 years.
Lionel Messi could be the first out the door in the coming weeks, as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has submitted a formal transfer request amid interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
It was gathered that Suarez is also being touted for the exit, having been informed by Koeman over the phone that he does not feature in his plans for the upcoming campaign.
The Uruguayan striker is contracted to remain at Camp Nou until next summer but is open to an early exit after being deemed surplus to requirements.
However, Suarez intends to continue training with the Barca squad until the club decides whether to cancel his contract, which will cost them a total of €14m in compensation fees.
The 33-year-old will leave Catalonia as a free agent if he is released, with Goal reporting that five clubs have already officially registered their interest in his services.
Suarez spoke out on his future via social media last week in the wake of comments from his former lawyer Alejandro Balbi, who suggested that the frontman’s next move will hinge on the path Messi decides to take.
“There are people talking about me or on my behalf when I have not had a relationship with them for years,” Suarez said. “When I need to speak, I’ll speak for myself.”
The Barca forward has been linked with a return to Ajax and a possible move to MLS with Inter Miami, and Goal has reported that he has also been offered to Italian giants Juventus.
Suarez joined up with the Blaugrana from Liverpool back in 2014 and has since scored 198 goals in 283 appearances for the club. That puts the Uruguay international third in Barca’s all-time top scorer’s list, with only legendary figures Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez and Messi boasting higher tallies.
Suarez has won 13 major trophies during his time at Camp Nou, including four La Liga titles and the Champions League.