Zapata 'close' to Reds switch

17 June 2011 08:13
Udinese defender Cristian Zapata, who can play at centre-back or full-back, has revealed that he is close to agreeing a deal with Liverpool.[LNB] The Colombia international is rated as one of the best defenders in Serie A and he played a major role in helping them into the Champions League next season.[LNB]He is currently back in South America preparing for the Copa America, but he has revealed that he is in talks about leaving Italy.[LNB]The 24-year-old has stated that Liverpool and Bayern Munich have both made moves for his signature, but he admits that he is close to sealing a switch to Anfield.[LNB]Asked about his future by La FM, he said: "I do not know what to say, I can say that I am very close to Liverpool.[LNB]"At the end of the Copa America, we will see what happens with my future.[LNB]"I have gained experience, but the time has come for me to make the jump to a big team."[LNB]Zapata, who has been with Udinese for four years, plays in central defence but is also capable of playing in either full-back position.[LNB]A previous target of Arsenal, Zapata currently has two years left on his contract at the Stade Friuli.

Source: Team_Talk