Jurgen Klopp was recently seen at Argentina’s Copa America clash with Chile, apparently scouting Gabriel Mercado, a versatile Argentine defender, as reported by the Metro.
Reports from Argentina suggest if work permit issues can be resolved then he could be available for a knock-down price, with the player apparently having a £1.4m release clause in his contract with River Plate (via Ole).
The 29-year-old can play as a centre-back, a right-back, or even as a right-winger, and could prove to be a solid utility man. Given his age and status he’s obviously not the marquee signing many are wanting to see, but Klopp obviously likes him for a reason and at that price we can hardly quibble. If it doesn’t work out it’s not the end of the world, as we’d hardly be losing much if the transfer didn’t work out.
The reports from Argentina suggest there is plenty of interest from a number of smaller clubs, but if we’re in for the South American star you have to expect he’d choose a move to Merseyside and the Premier League.
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There’s still plenty of time left in the transfer window for deals to be done, and with this being Klopp’s first summer in charge we could see wholesale changes.