By Harvey Byrne
Gabriel Mercado has decided against a move to Mexican side Monterrey and is now eyeing a move to Liverpool, according to a report.
South American football news website Infobae claim that Mercado has terminated his agreement with the Mexican club to boost his chances of making a move to Premier League side Liverpool.
The 29-year-old right-back was considered as one of the most consistent defenders in the Argentine Primera Division after solid spells with the likes of Racing Club, Estudiantes LP and River Plate over the past decade.
The Argentina international also starred for his country in this summer’s Copa America, playing five matches including the final in which Argentina lost on penalties against Chile after they couldn’t be separated in 90 minutes.
It is believed that his performances in the summer tournament is what caught the attention of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
D’Onofriohas also revealed that this hurdle could only have been overcome if Argentina won the tournament, which they failed to do, so it could cause an unwanted obstacle for Klopp.
Mercado, who started his career with Racing Club before joining Estudiantes and then River, operates primarily as a right-back.
However, he is also comfortable in central defence and can play on the right side of midfield, too.
His pedigree is evident by the fact that he has won ten senior caps.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have accepted a £2.5million bid from Norwich for winger Sergi Canos.