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Atletico Madrid striker considering Bosman move to Aston Villa – report

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While it was known that Luis Suarez would not continue with Atletico Madrid beyond summer, any idea of moving to the Major League Soccer (MLS) has taken a back seat since Premier League side Aston Villa has emerged as a surprise candidate.

As relayed by Birmingham Mail, Suarez has indeed admitted that he would want to play in the United States in the latter part of his career, but he is also willing to welcome the idea of moving back to the English Premier League.

All this because he has a great relationship with Villa manager Steven Gerrard, having played together at Liverpool. Furthermore, with Philippe Coutinho’s move proving out to be successful enough, he could actually give a thought to joining Villa.

Now, it is no secret that he has attracted interest from the MLS. There are even claims that David Beckham’s Inter Miami could approach him once, but Villa have the ball in their court.

One, because of his good friendship with Steve Gerard, and two because the team has done well under the former Liverpool captain and are tipped for greater goods next season.

On top of that, Gerrard has already flirted with the idea by mentioning his name in an interview. Speaking to Garry Neville on ‘The Overlap’, he said that Suarez is the best player he played with at Liverpool.

“I’d say Suarez [is the best player] just because he had everything and I mean, how long have you got to describe him?” said Gerrard. 

Suarez has played a total of 1,641 minutes in the league this season, translating to an average of 54.7 minutes per game. Relatively shorter game time, however, has not hindered his goal-scoring prowess much as he has already netted 11 times so far.

But with the age now catching up, maybe it’s time for him to move on.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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