Following the end of his stay with Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez is without a club to call home. While he’s not the same player that once tore up the Premier League and La Liga, the Uruguayan could prove to be a strong addition to any number of sides.
Despite having a desire to stay in Europe, the former Liverpool and Barcelona frontman was interested in a move to Argentine side River Plate. However, according to an interview with Ovacion, that proposed move is now off after River Plate were eliminated from the Copa Libertadores. (translation courtesy of Fabrizio Romano)
Luís Suarez won’t join River Plate: “I was really tempted despite my plan to stay in Europe because River were pushing a lot to sign me, but the deal has collapsed as they’re now out of the Copa Libertadores”, Luís tells Ovación. 🚨🇺🇾 #transfers
Suárez, available as free agent. pic.twitter.com/oFHtQ6b2Xq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2022
Luis Suarez No Longer Joining River Plate
A Risk Worth Taking
Signing and utilising a 35-year-old Luis Suarez is no doubt a risk, especially when his pace was a large part of his play for years. But for a club like River Plate and a lot of other teams, it is a risk worth taking. For over a decade, the Uruguayan was one of the most prolific strikers in the world with eye-popping stats to back it up.
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Beginning with Ajax, he scored 111 goals in 159 games before making his move to Liverpool, where he became a club icon after netting 82 goals in just 133 matches for the English side.
Barcelona came calling and formed the unforgettable MSN partnership that saw Suarez score 198 times in 283 appearances. Even as time wore on and he made the move to Atletico Madrid, he managed a very respectable tally of 34 strikes in two seasons.
River Plate have missed out on a potential game-changer but the market is wide open with a lot of clubs in search of a striker there should be no shortage of suitors for Suarez.