Argentinian club Banfield have announced defender Gabriel Paletta will travel to England at the weekend to open talks with Liverpool.
Paletta was instrumental in Argentina winning the Under-20 World Cup last year and Banfield’s official website reports the player will start negotiations with the European champions in the next few days with a view to a transfer in June.
“Paletta will travel to England to discuss terms with Liverpool club executives,” said a statement on www.clubabanfield.com.ar.
“He will travel on Sunday after the game against River Plate.
“The English club want him to undergo a medical before discussing personal terms.”
Paletta, 20, is hoping to get the chance to prove himself in the Premiership.
He said: “It would be a great opportunity. It would be a good move for the club as well as for me.”
Banfield president Carlos Portell added in Argentinian newspaper Ole: “The discussions are very advanced.
“The only remaining things to be sorted are the minor details but I don’t think they will be a problem.
“God willing, we will have everything sorted out before the end of the weekend.”
Ole reports the transfer fee to be in the region of €3m.