14 Dec 2012

'El Chiquito' to Anfield? LFC chase €5m Argentine star called-up by Maradona...

Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel may have recently signed long-term contract extensions at Liverpool, but the Reds are still in the market for another central defender, and newspaper reports in Italy today claim that Brendan Rodgers is keeping tabs on Palermo star Ezequiel Muñoz, with a view to making a bid during the January transfer window.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Liverpool are monitoring the former Boca Juniors defender - nicknamed 'El Chiquito' - who is under contract at Palermo until 2015.

If Liverpool were to sign the 22-year old, it would surely be tantamount to vote of no confidence in Sebastian Coates? On the other hand, with Coates himself linked with a move away from Anfield, perhaps Rodgers is looking for a replacement. Recent reports in Italy, Portugal and the UK claim that Coates' future at Liverpool is far from secure, and last week, the Daily Mail stated:

"Liverpool are in the market for a centre back with concerns over the future of Sebastian Coates. The Uruguay defender is attracting interest from Italian clubs. Juventus are among them as they look to replace 34-year-old Lucio".

Coates - who signed for LFC in a £7m deal last summer - has made only 9 starts since signing for the club last Summer, and with the first-choice partnership of Martin Skrtel/Daniel Agger firmly entrenched at the club, that's not going to change for a while yet.

Liverpool have been linked with quite a few central defenders over the last year, which suggests that club is not entirely convinced that Coates is a long-term solution.

Palermo are currently 17th in Serie A after a run of poor results, but Munoz - who cost the club €5m - is confident things will change. He told reporters this week:

“We have been playing good games all season, just not collecting enough points. The team is growing together as a group though, and we gaining more and more confidence.

In 2009, Muñoz was called up to the Argentina national team by Diego Maradona for a friendly against Panama, but he had to pull out due to sustaining a knee injury.

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. I think it would be a really stupid move if BR is looking to sell Coates because he has great potential and with bit more experience he can be a world class centreback. But a loan move away could be great for his development because he needs to play more games.

  2. "the Daily Mail stated"......must be true then, NOT.

  3. yes coates will become a real good player, better than the ones brendan has been looking at...or should i say the names being flashed about..

  4. Agreed about the loan, and that he will become great player, but having Agger, Skrtel and enough youngsters in that position if Juve offers 7-8 mill that could be used for purchase of high quality striker, than maybe we should except it...

  5. Sebastian Coates will become great player with LFC because he has advantage good scale able to assist and score the goal.He also versatile player who can playing every where team needed.LFC must get involve him and keep playing him.Sell or loan him will look like step back action.

  6. I wonder why we keep giving Carra games ahead of him. I thought BR is all for the youngsters...?

  7. Coates will stay, he's the future of LFC

  8. I doubt hes going anywhere, as hes clearly got a lot to offer Lfc in future. He should certainly get a lot more game time next year once Carragher retires. Plus hes mainly being kept out by a topclass pairing both 5 years his senior and in their prime. Understandable position and one that will clearly improve. Also as a minor point selling him might unsettle Suarez, another reason to keep him around!