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Udinese defender Cristian Zapata has revealed he is on the verge of signing for Liverpool in a £9million deal.
The 24-year-old is one of Serie A’s best defenders and played a crucial role in leading his team into the Champions League.
The Colombia international has two-years left on his current deal and has played for Udinese for six years since arriving from Deportivo Cali back in 2005.
He can play at centre-half or full-back and has attracted strong interest from Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich.
Liverpool are searching for a defender to freshen up their back-line with Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos the wrong side of 30, and Daniel Agger struggling to shake off injury concerns.
Zapata is currently in South America preparing for the Copa America, but has revealed that he is in talks about leaving his current club for a switch to Anfield.
“I do not know what to say, I can say that I am very close to Liverpool,” he told La FM. “At the end of the Copa America, we will see what happens with my future.
“I have gained experience, but the time has come for me to make the jump to a big team.”