Luis Suarez ‘very close to signing for River Plate’ on free transfer after leaving Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez ‘nearly about to sign for River Plate on a free transfer’ following his departure from Atlético Madrid… while Argentine boss Marcelo Gallardo insists the Uruguayan striker ‘has the will and enthusiasm’ to sign for them
- Luis Suarez’s contract with Atlético Madrid expires on Friday and will leave
- The 35-year-old Uruguayan international is still recovering from a knee injury
- Suarez is associated with clubs like Atalanta and Inter Miami
- But Mundo Deportivo now claims he is about to move to River Plate
Former Liverpool and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is nearing a transfer to River Plate, according to reports in Spain.
The 35-year-old’s contract with Atlético Madrid expires at the end of this month and will leave the club as a result.
And Mundo Deportivo claims Argentina will be the Uruguay international’s next destination, with the report claiming some sources have indicated the move could be announced as soon as Monday or Tuesday.
Luis Suarez reportedly approaching a move to River Plate once his Atletico Madrid deal expires
Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Suarez were seen on holiday together in Ibiza
However, the report also adds that other sources claim River Plate has yet to receive a response from Suarez – who last week celebrated the PSG star’s 35th birthday with Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi in Ibiza – whether he will join them. .
And River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo seemed relaxed about the situation, hailing the Uruguayan as an ‘elite player’ who still shows the ‘will and enthusiasm’ to continue his career.
“There are possibilities,” Gallardo said after River Plate’s 2-1 win over Lanus on Sunday about the possibility of signing Suarez and Colombian striker Miguel Borja.
“I think one of the two will obviously happen. But for that we have to focus on what we have today.
River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo hailed the 35-year-old as an ‘elite player’ on Sunday
“If they are signed, it is to enrich the squad and have a different expectation.
†[Suarez] is an elite player, currently recovering from a knee injury. We have made the attempt, he has the will, the enthusiasm, it is good.
“If he hadn’t shown enthusiasm, we wouldn’t be here waiting. It will be a decision and when it is possible we will see if it is feasible. You don’t have to lie to people or generate a lot of enthusiasm.’
Suarez has been courted by a number of clubs after leaving Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, with Atalanta linked to Inter Miami earlier this month but in talks with River Plate in Paris.
Argentine side wants a new striker as they prepare to part ways with Julian Alvarez (left)
The 37-time champion of Argentina’s Primera Division is keen to bring in attacking reinforcements after losing Julian Alvarez to Manchester City.
That quest has led to Suarez scoring his worst goal tally in a decade last season, but the Uruguayan international scored 21 league goals the season before when Atlético became champions, and has more than 500 in his professional career.
However, reports claim River Plate’s ability to beat Velez Sarsfield and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores will aid them in their hunt for the ex-Liverpool star.
Suarez spent two years at Atletico but has fallen in the pecking order under Diego Simeone in recent months, with the manager favoring Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha in attack.