Gabriel Mercado has ‘broken an agreement’ to join Monterrey, with many claiming Liverpool’s reported interest as the reason behind his decision.
River Plate defender Mercado had agreed to a €2m move to Mexican side Monterrey this summer, having impressed in his fourth year with the Argentinean giants.
Monterrey released a statement on their official website on Sunday however, claiming that the 29-year-old had ‘broken his agreement’ to join the club.
‘Mr. Gabriel Mercado broke, unilaterally, the agreement that existed between the player himself and our club,’ the statement read.
The agreement for Mercado to join Monterrey had been put in place before the Copa America, where the defender played 90 minutes in all but one of the country’s games before they fell in a final shootout to Chile.
According to Argentinean media, interest from Liverpool was behind Mercado’s decision to turn his back on a move to Monterrey.
Newspaper Clarin and website Infobae both report that the Reds have made their intentions known with regards to the right-back, who wishes to play in the Premier League.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was spotted in attendance of Argentina’s Copa America opener, also against Chile, last month. It was thought that the German had been scouting striker Gonzalo Higuain, but it has now emerged that Mercado may have been his target.