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Aston Villa: Steven Gerrard eyeing Luis Suarez

Aston Villa: Steven Gerrard eyeing Luis Suarez -Aston Villa News

Alternative title: Gregg Evans names AVFC target in Saturday tweet, he adores Gerrard

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will keep tabs on former team-mate Luis Suarez this summer, The Athletic‘s Gregg Evans says.

The lowdown

Suarez’s contract at Atletico Madrid is due to expire on 30 June, as per Transfermarkt.

He’s started 17 La Liga matches so far this season, but his involvement has tailed off recently.

The Uruguayan has begun four of the last five league games on the bench, and was an unused substitute in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie against Manchester United.

He remains second in Atletico’s scoring charts, however, with 11 for the campaign (one behind Angel Correa).

Having spent three and a half years alongside him at Liverpool, Suarez has likened Gerrard to an ‘older brother’ and said that their ‘relationship goes beyond the football field’.

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The latest

Evans wrote in a tweet on Saturday morning that Suarez is definitely in his ‘last season’ at Atletico.

He says that ‘Gerrard will monitor his situation’ when the transfer window opens.

The verdict

It seems that Gerrard would have an edge over other suitors if indeed Suarez becomes available this summer, but would it be a sensible move?

Well he may be 35, but, as Evans notes, he hasn’t missed a game this season through injury, and his goal return is decent.

But one issue is Suarez’s £263,000-per-week pay packet, more than double that of Villa’s highest earner at present (Danny Ings on £120,000-p/w).

And Gerrard looks to be finding joy with existing options Ings and Ollie Watkins in recent matches. Combined, they’ve contributed six goals/assists in the last three.

Perhaps they simply don’t need to make the financial commitment.

In other news, Villa are about to receive a fresh windfall.

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