No it’s not Gonzalo Higuain! Instead, Liverpool have been linked with a move for the in-form right-back Gabriel Mercado. The news has been confirmed by River Plate’s President Rodolfo D’Onofrio.
D’Onofrio confirmed that The Reds are looking in to the possibility of signing the 29-year old defender, who is currently on Copa America duties with Argentina.
The only glitch in this transfer deal could be Mercardo’s work permit issue as he does not have a European passport with him.
According to D’Onofrio, Jurgen Klopp is a keen admirer of the player and wants to bring him to Anfield as an able competition to Nathaniel Clyne.
As for the player not having a European passport, situation could get better if Argentina manage to win the Copa America.
Speaking with Fox Sports (via infobae), D’Onofrio said: “Klopp likes him. But for Mercado to go to England, Argentina need to be champions.
“Winning a title with the national team would allow him to play in England. If he had the passport it would be different, but being champion he will have the possibility.”
Was Klopp scouting Mercado?
You may recall an incidence from a week back where Klopp was spotted during an Argentina’s Copa America game and the entire media went crazy in linking Higuain with a move to Liverpool.
However, reading about Klopp’s admiration for Mercado, one wonders if the charismatic manager was actually scouting the right-back instead of Higuain.
Mercado’s adaptability of playing on either flank makes him an ideal signing for The Reds given Alberto Moreno’s struggles and their failure in signing Jonas Hector or any other left-back for now.