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Atletico Madrid striker considering Bosman move to Aston Villa – report
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, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.