Liverpool transfers: Atletico’s Simeone hails ‘extraordinary’ Suárez

Liverpool transfers: Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he is a big fan of "extraordinary" Reds striker Luis Suárez

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Luis Suárez has scored 23 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Diego Simeone has described Liverpool striker Luis Suárez as “extraordinary” amid speculation Atletico Madrid could bid for the Uruguayan in the summer.

The Vicente Calderon outfit, who are currently third in La Liga, could be set to lose talisman Radamel Falcao in the summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly interested.

If the Colombian does depart, Simeone will need to fill the sizeable void left by a striker who has scored 26 goals in 30 top-flight appearances this season.

Suárez is currently serving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, leading to reports the former Ajax man could quit England, and Simeone admitted his admiration for the forward.

“I cannot speak badly about Luis Suárez, he is extraordinary,” Simeone told a news conference on Wednesday.

“But we have a game coming up that means we have to leave other matters aside.”

Simeone also revealed he has been keeping a close eye on River Plate youngster Augusto Fernández.

“He’s grown an enormous amount; as a young player he performed well and he’s one of the key players alongside Iago Aspas,” he added.

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