River Plate emerge as favourites to sign striker after Atletico Madrid exit

Luis Suarez is in talks with Argentinian side River Plate over a free transfer this summer, 90min can confirm.

The Uruguay international has left Atletico Madrid after his contract expired and had been keen to remain in Europe in the build-up to the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Numerous sides have reached out to Suarez, with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard keen on bringing the 35-year-old to Aston Villa, but 90min has been told that River have emerged as favourites to get a deal done.

River have made an offer to Suarez and are now confident of getting a deal over the line, with the former Barcelona striker set to reject a number of offers from Europe in favour of a return to South America.

Suarez recorded his lowest goal tally in a La Liga season last year, netting just 11 times in 35 appearances for Atletico. His previous lowest was 16, which he managed in both his first and last year with Barcelona.