Anfield boss closes in on big defender.
Liverpool are confident wrapping up a deal for Nacional defender Sebastian Coates.
Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid tried to hijack the Nacional centre-back’s proposed £7million move to LFC by submitting an offer of around £8million, says the Liverpool Echo.
However, Coates informed his Uruguayan club he had no interest in speaking to Atletico as his heart was set on signing for the Reds.
Despite the size of Atletico’s offer, Nacional have agreed to respect the defender’s wishes.
By all accounts 20 year old Coates is considered one of the hottest defensive prospects in South America and it seems clear that the giant centre back is keen to join his fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez at Anfield. Atletico Madrid are also keen on the Nacional man but it seems that despite the La Liga side offering more for his services, the 6ft 5in centre back seems like he is Merseyside bound.
Though Sebastian Coates only secured his first national team cap at the recent Copa America he still managed to impress greatly and snapped up the young player of the tournament award after masterfully performing alongside Diego Lugano in four games, during which time Uruguay conceded just one goal.
Liverpool appear to need defensive reinforcements after a season last term where they conceded their highest Premier League tally in over a decade. Jamie Carragher is still reliable but at 33 is getting on a bit and Greek international Sotirios Kyrgiakos left for Wolfsburg and Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are both consistent injury concerns with the Slovakian just returning to full fitness.
Dalglish has spent over £50m bringing Stewart Downing, Doni, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson to the club and it appears that Coates may be the sixth, and likely, final signing of the summer.