Aston Villa's stance on Luis Suarez transfer amid claim he craves Steven Gerrard reunion
Aston Villa are not intending to pull off a sensational January transfer for Luis Suarez.
That is despite recent reports in Spain claiming the Uruguayan forward is "focused" on reuniting with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, who occupies the Villa dugout.
Suarez, 34, has turned down offers from Brazilian trio Palmeiras, Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro as he favours a return to the Premier League to play under Gerrard, according to Barcelona -based journalist transfer expert Gerard Romero.
The Anfield icon is also believed to have rejected an approach from Saudi Arabia with less than six months remaining on his contract at Atletico Madrid.
However, Villa are not expected to make a move for Suarez this month and Gerrard will need to wait until the summer if he would like to bring about the stunning reunion.
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The 41-year-old already has a wealth of attacking options with strikers Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins supported by the likes of Emiliano Buendia and - as of last week - Philippe Coutinho.
Gerrard convinced his former Reds teammate to join on loan from Barcelona for the remainder of the season and he hit the ground running with a sublime debut against Manchester United on Saturday.
Coutinho came off the bench to grab the assist for Jacob Ramsey's strike and then the equaliser as Villa fought back to draw 2-2 with the Red Devils.
Gerrard clearly has no reservations about managing those he used to play alongside, so he may feel the chance to join forces with Suarez ahead of next season is too good to pass up.
The former England captain labelled the mercurial frontman "probably the best I have played with" while speaking in 2015.
Suarez won four La Liga titles and the Champions League during a goal-laden stint at Barcelona before joining Atletico on a free transfer in 2020.
He then fired Diego Simeone's side to the domestic title with 21 goals last season, but he has not been quite so prolific this term.
Suarez has not scored in his last seven league appearances, yet Simeone insists he remains a hugely important player in his squad.
"We have spoken with Luis for two months about what I think of him, of how important he is for us and the situations that we create for him and without him on the pitch," Simeone said on Tuesday.
"What I think of him, he knows it and I didn’t speak to him after Sevilla, I have spoken to him for two months."