Argentine's Anfield move delayed
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gabriel Paletta will not seal his move to Liverpool until the end of the season.Argentine starlet Gabriel Paletta will not seal his move to Liverpool until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old central defender was expected to travel to England this weekend to thrash out the terms of his proposed switch to Anfield.
However, negotiations between The Reds and the youngster's Argentine club Banfield appear to have stalled for the moment, and the transfer will not now be completed until the end of the campaign at the earliest.
"Negotiations have reached an impasse until the end of the season because Gabriel wanted to play the Clausura championship with us," Banfield president Carlos Portell explained to TyC Sports.
"At that point, we'll try to finish negotiations.
"They are likely to be completed, but we'll wait until the end of the season."
Liverpool are prepared to splash out £2 million to land the starlet, who has been courted by a host of clubs both in Europe and South America, including River Plate.
It still seems likely that the deal will go ahead, but the delay might just encourage other suitors to hijack the deal.