Depor close on Reds starlet
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Deportivo are facing competition from Real Betis in their bid to sign Antonio Barragan.
Deportivo La Coruna are facing competition from Real Betis in their bid to sign Antonio Barragan, but remain favourites to capture the young Liverpool defender.
The 19-year-old Spaniard joined The Reds from Sevilla last summer and impressed for the club's reserves.
However, having made only one senior appearance last term, he looks set for another season on the fringes of the first-team at Anfield and Rafa Benitez could well consent to a season-long loan to help his young charge accrue some vital experience.
Depor have been following his progress for some time with their coach Joaquin Caparros having overseen his development in Sevilla's youth ranks.
Caparros is looking to rebuild his Depor squad after a mediocre first season at the Riazor and feels the versatile young stopper could add some quality and energy to his side.
Betis, now managed by Javier Irureta, are also keen on Barragan, but the youngster is thought to prefer a reunion with his former coach Caparros.
A deal should be completed before the forthcoming European Under-19 championships in Poland at which Barragan will be representing his native Spain.