Luis Suarez will depart Nacional next month once the Uruguayan football season concludes, according to club president Jose Fuentes. Aston Villa has been linked to the striker before Suarez returns to South America.
The 35-year-contract old’s with Nacional will expire in October when the league season comes to a close. The competition is now in the Clausura stage, and Suarez’s team is currently tied for first with Club Atletico River Plate.
If the seasoned striker wins the championship for the South American giants with six games remaining, Suarez might quit Nacional as a hero, and the striker’s departure could once again provide a window for Villa to sign the former Liverpool and FC Barcelona superstar.
Suarez is one of the most productive attackers in the world despite his advanced age, having scored 441 goals in 441 club games. The 35-year-old has already scored four goals and provided three assists in just eight Primera Division matches for Nacional.
Indeed, with Suarez’s impending departure from Nacional announced by the club’s president, the Premier League team should be considering signing the striker after the 2022 FIFA World Cup. With Villa struggling for goals this season, Steven Gerrard may once more turn to a former teammate for assistance.
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Fuentes said about Suarez leaving Nacional: “As soon as the [Uruguay] season is over, Suarez will leave. That is what we agreed at the time. I’m saying this so as to not generate false expectations. He made a huge effort to come here. Suarez will leave.”
Suarez was rumoured to be moving to Villa Park in the summer, and with the striker already planning to depart Nacional in the near future, Gerrard need to make another effort to get his old Liverpool teammate, who may bring something unique to the Villains roster.
After all, Villa’s season has been hampered by injuries and bad performances. Signing a player like Suarez will give the team a huge confidence boost and may even help Gerrard find a way to score goals as the Villa Park team is currently weak in the attacking department.