Liverpool win race for Paletta
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool have struck a deal with Argentine side Banfield over Gabriel Paletta.Liverpool have struck a deal with Argentine side Banfield over Gabriel Paletta, with the defender set to move to Anfield in the summer.
The teenager, who turns 20 on Wednesday, has caught the eye with impressive displays for Banfield and the Argentine Under-20 side.
He played a key role in Argentina's march towards the Under-20 World Championship triumph in 2005 and his efforts seemingly persuaded Liverpool to step in.
Banfield played down talk of a deal being struck over the weekend, but Liverpool have now confirmed they have won the race for Paletta's signature.
Paletta has agreed a four-year contract and the deal is a major boon for Liverpool as the defender had been coveted by major players in both Europe and South America.
The defender will become a Liverpool player this summer, subject to him passing a medical at Anfield.