Rumoured Aston Villa target Luis Suarez has reportedly been offered to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, who could sign the striker as a short-term replacement for summer arrival Sebastien Haller.
According to Sky Germany, the former Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona superstar has been offered to the German side following the shock news earlier this week that Haller had been diagnosed with a testicular tumour, keeping the Ivory Coast international out of football indefinitely.
As a result, Dortmund are now looking for sporting alternatives for the 28-year-old as we wait for examinations to take place, with Suarez now being offered as a potential replacement for Haller, with Villa also interested in signing the Uruguay international.
Reports suggest that Steven Gerrard himself has a strong interest in reuniting with Suarez this summer, with the former Liverpool skipper already bringing Philippe Coutinho to Villa Park on a permanent deal from Barcelona, and the English manager is now looking to replicate this transfer with the former Anfield striker.
With Suarez earning a reported £160,000-a-week at Atletico, it would take some financial effort to sign the South American attacker this summer from both Dortmund and Villa, though the German side’s UEFA Champions League status means that they could land the forward on a short-term deal.
Indeed, this could entice Suarez to sign for Dortmund, especially with the 2022 FIFA World Cup set to kick-off this November in Qatar, giving the attacker time at a top club to get into match fitness ahead of what could be the forward’s last ever major international tournament.
Suarez could be tempted to sign for Dortmund despite Gerrard interest
Suarez is reaching the twilight of his career, and although the attacker could do a job at Villa under his former captain, signing for a Champions League side in Dortmund for a few months is ideal for what the striker wants for the upcoming season.
After all, the World Cup is currently Suarez’s main goal, and being fully fit to lead Uruguay out in Qatar will be the forward’s main priority, something that could be achieved better with Dortmund than signing for Villa despite the influence Gerrard could have over a potential transfer.