Aston Villa are understood to be looking into the possibility of signing free agent Luis Suarez following his departure from Atletico Madrid.

The 35-year-old has left the Wanda Metropolitano after two seasons playing under Diego Simeone.

Suarez played a key role in Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title win in 2021


Suarez played a key role in Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title win in 2021

Suarez is now weighing up his next move and that could well lead to a reunion with former Liverpool team-mate and now Villa manager Steven Gerrard.

According to The Telegraph, Suarez wants to continue playing in one of Europe’s major leagues and Villa are looking into offering him a return to the Premier League.

Suarez is understood to be determined to play at least one more season at the highest level ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Gerrard has previously waxed lyrical about the talents of Suarez, with whom he spent three years alongside at Anfield, and hailed him as his greatest ever teammate.

“I played with some top players, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, but Suarez was just different,” he said.

“You just felt that whoever you were playing, you had a feeling that he was going to win you the game, every game. It didn’t matter who it was.

“You knew from the first session or second session, it almost like he trained the way that he played.

“I remember walking off one of the main sessions that we did with Carra and he was saying ‘this fella has got bundles, I don’t want to play against him every day in training’. He was that intense in training.

“He could embarrass you, even with stuff that I don’t think that he knew he was doing. He was a ricochet merchant, he would run over you, he’d dominate you and bully you.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes Luis Suarez owes Liverpool another season - and claims a move to Arsenal wouldn't have been a forward step

Gerrard had a special relationship with Suarez during their time together at Anfield

Despite leaving Atletico, Suarez has no intentions of hanging up his boots just yet and a move to the Premier League could appeal to him, although it is believed that his preference is to remain in Spain.

Suarez wants to play one more season at the top level ahead of the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

He was given an emotional send-off during Atleti’s final home game of the season against Sevilla after falling down the pecking order under Simeone.

A move to Villa would also see the Uruguayan link back up with Philippe Coutinho, who played with him at both Liverpool and Barcelona and continue their bold transfer approach this summer.

Coutinho made his loan move from Barcelona permanent earlier this month and highly-rated Brazilian defender Diego Carlos is set to arrive from Sevilla for £26 million.

The smartest piece of business could be the addition of free agent French midfielder Boubacar Kamara who this week penned a deal at Villa Park after his contract with boyhood club Marseille expired.

But Gerrard is not finished by a long stretch and links have continued with Burnley’s James Tarkowski who looks set to leave Turf Moor after Burnley’s relegation to the Championship.

Everton, Newcastle and Leicester are also thought to be in the mix for the Burnley defender, and if Villa miss out, Gerrard could move for Rangers defender Calvin Bassey.

Midfielder Boubacar Kamara could be a key player next season for Aston Villa


Midfielder Boubacar Kamara could be a key player next season for Aston Villa

The Nigerian earned rave reviews during Rangers’ Europa League final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt last week and a swoop for the 22-year-old would not be out of the question for Gerrard.

With a number of new signings set to arrive at Villa Park this summer, up to six players could be shipped out to free up finances.

England international Tyrone Mings could be the most high profile casualty as Gerrard looks to build a new-look defence next season.


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