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Aston Villa: Villans could move for Luis Suarez

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Aston Villa could pursue Luis Suarez this summer, transfer insider Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.

The lowdown

Suarez is leaving Atletico Madrid following the expiry of his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Athletic’s Gregg Evans reported in March that Steven Gerrard would be keeping tabs on his situation.

Suarez, of course, played with Gerrard during his three-and-half-year stint at Liverpool between 2011 and 2014.

The latest

Jones says that Villa have yet to decide whether to favour the vast experience of Suarez or lean towards an up-and-coming ‘gem’.

If they take the latter route, then he says Lille’s Jonathan David may be an option.

“I think they will sign another centre-forward, and it can go one of two ways.

“The next striker they sign is either someone of ultimate experience like Luis Suarez, or they go in for one of those gems that is tipped to be a star of the next ten years.

“Jonathan David is one of those, to be fair, so it wouldn’t be a bad signing.”

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The verdict

How do Suarez and David compare?

Suarez bagged 13 goals in 2,292 minutes of football in 2021/22, averaging more than one every two games (176 mins).

Meanwhile, David, a full 13 years his junior, netted 19 in 3,655, which works out as one every 2.1 matches.

What about the costs? Well, £9million-rated Suarez would be available on a free transfer, but his wages at Atletico are thought to be in excess of £260,000 per week.

Even if he agreed to cut that salary by a full £100,000, he’d still be top of Villa’s earning charts (ahead of Philippe Coutinho on £150,000).

David, meanwhile, is valued at £45million by Transfermarkt but is only earning £35,000 each week.

Perhaps the long-term investment would be smarter.

In other news, a defensive target has also emerged.

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