Gabby Agbonlahor has joked on TalkSPORT (Tuesday, 4.48pm) that he would have taken Barcelona veteran Luis Suarez at Aston Villa this summer, though it appears the Uruguayan ace is about to join Atletico Madrid according to reports.
Suarez, 33, has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Barcelona but it appears the former Liverpool man is not a part of Ronald Koeman’s plans going forward. BBC Sport claim Barcelona have allowed Suarez to leave, but not to a rival.
Suarez was to join Juventus but work permit issues prevented a move, before a move to Atletico Madrid was blocked by the Barcelona hierarcy – who eventually relented. It is believed Atleti will pay a nominal fee of just £3.7million.
It is believed Suarez will earn just £265,000 a week at Atleti, half of what he netted at Barcelona. Asked about Suarez, Villa icon Agbonlahor joked he would have Suarez at Villa – and claimed Liverpool fans would love him back at Anfield.