Rafa eyes up Argentine
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool are reported to be lining up a move for Argentine starlet Gabriel Paletta.Liverpool are reported to be lining up a move for Argentine starlet Gabriel Paletta.
The highly-rated defender came to prominence earlier this year when he helped his country to the World Youth championship.
Now the 19-year-old is said to be the subject of a £3 million offer from the European champions, who are looking to bolster their defensive options.
Paletta currently plies his trade with Banfield in his homeland, but he now looks as if he could be the latest major export from Argentina.
Rafa Benitez wants Paletta in January and should a move materialise, then the young stopper would be available for the UEFA Champions League second phase.
Reds management are currently understood to be exploring Paletta's claims of a European passport - as he would not qualify for a work-permit, and should his ancestry be confirmed, then a dream move to Anfield looks a distinct possibility.