Colombian international heading for Anfield?
Udinese defender Cristian Zapata has claimed that he is on the brink of completing a deal to join Liverpool
Zapata is rated as one of Serie A’s best defenders and helped the Zebrette finish fourth in Italy’s top-flight division, qualifying them for a spot in the play-offs of next season’s Champions League.
The Colombia international 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.”
Zapata, who has been with Udinese for six years since his arrival from Deportivo Cali back in 2005, currently has two years left on his contract at the Stadio Friuli.
Cristian Zapata is adept at playing both at centre back and as a right back and clearly is a player that has attracted the attention of Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli. The Colombian international has just helped Udinese to their first Champions League berth after a tremendous Serie A season and seems likely to leave Italy with Liverpool and Bayern Munich both said to be very interested in his services.
The £8m rated 24 year old has amassed over 150 appearances in Italy’s top flight and he could well be a useful addition to the Anfield squad. Dalglish has been looking to beef up his defensive options and given that two of his central defensive options, Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, are both over 30 and with Daniel Agger struggling with injuries, a move for the Udinese man makes a great deal of sense.
At right back Liverpool have both Glen Johnson and hugely impressive youngster Martin Kelly to call upon. The Merseyside club have already brought in Jordan Henderson from Sunderland and are linked with a number of other targets as the Anfield side looks to push their way back into the top four picture with the help of significant investment from their American owners.
Udinese face a mass exodus of talent this summer with winger Alexis Sanchez also set to leave the Stadio Friuli.