Atletico Madrid are reluctant to sell Arsenal and Liverpool target Mario Suarez due to a lack of cover, Spanish publication AS report.
Much has been made of the 27-year-old’s future over the past couple of weeks after failing to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Vicente Calderon stadium.
This season, Suarez has started just seven La Liga matches despite being a key player during the club’s Spanish Super cup victory over Real Madrid before the league campaign began.
His situation has alerted a number of potential suitors, with Inter Milan willing to purchase him for €10 million as reported by AS.
The Serie A side aren’t alone in their interest, as the report also mentions Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool who are also eyeing a possible bargain deal for the reliable defensive midfielder.
Nevertheless, it seems a potential transfer won’t be viable until the summer as the La Liga champions appear reluctant to do a deal in January without having a replacement lined up.
“Atletico are reluctant to let Suárez go as they would be left short in midfield and are not convinced they would be able to find a quality replacement in the January transfer window,” AS report.
A summer transfer, on the other hand, appears far more likely as the report mentions the player’s current discontent at his lack of appearances and is seeking a Madrid exit.
Suarez joined Los Colchoneros in 2010 and has helped the club win multiple trophies including the La Liga title, Copa Del Rey and the Europa League.