Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been warned against a summer bid for Mario Suarez after the Atletico Madrid midfielder's agent intimated that his client's future lies in Italy.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Reds are keen on recruiting the 28-year-old at the end of the season, whilst Premier League rivals Arsenal have also expressed an interest in the Spain international's signature.
However, in an interview with Football Italia, Suarez's representative Manuel Garcia Quilon suggested that if he leaves the Vicente Calderon in the forthcoming transfer window then it will be to join one of three Serie 'A' sides that have previously made enquiries.
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"He is a spectacular player and the Italians wanted him," confirmed Quilon. "He was followed in January by three or four Italian teams, including Milan, Inter and Napoli.
"At the moment I couldn't say if there are any meetings planned [for the summer] but it's true that in the past he was pursued by Milan."
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The news will come as a bitter blow to Liverpool supporters who will have been excited about the prospect of another talented La Liga star turning out at Anfield, as Rodgers continues his search for a replacement for the soon to be departing skipper Steven Gerrard.
Suarez, primarily a defensive midfielder by trade, would've been a viable option to fill the huge void that will be left when the Reds captain leaves, but it looks like his services are going to be unattainable.
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, will not be quite as disappointed following the recent emergence of Francis Coquelin in the holding midfield role.
The Gunners are still being linked with a number of more prominent deep-lying schemers, but failure to bring this Colchoneros star to the Emirates Stadium is not the end of the world.
"Mario Suarez is a spectacular player," - Manuel Garcia Quilon
"We're talking about an extraordinary player, who can represent the season's best signing for any team," added Quilon enthusiastically.
Still, don't expect Arsenal fans to lose any sleep over Suarez. It's Liverpool that would benefit from his arrival much more, but Rodgers will probably already have several other possible options in the pipeline.
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