Defender 'rejects' Arsenal in favour of Merseyside move - reports

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Columbia international Cristian Zapata has rejected a move to Arsenal, and is very close to signing a deal with Liverpool, according to the Metro.

The Udinese defender is currently participating in the Copa America, but took the time to tell a local radio station that he is relatively close to agreeing to a deal with Liverpool.

“I don’t know anything for sure, all I can say is that I am very close to Liverpool," Zapata told La FM.

“We will see what happens with my future at the end of the Copa America.


“I have gained experience [with Udinese], however, the time has come for me to make the jump up to a big team.”

Liverpool are reportedly desperate to sign the 24-year-old, with Kenny Dalglish a long term admirer of Zapata, particularly because of his flexibility in both defence and the full back position.

Dalglish is moving quickly now to sign his targets after Manchester United bagged Liverpool target Phil Jones last week. Zapata hinted that a deal could be done with the Merseyside club by the end of the week.

Arsenal were said to be interested in Zapata, and have been over a long term period. With Wenger's youth policy, and Zapata's relatively young age, the Arsenal manager had made enquiries about the star, according to reports. But Zapata has decided that he favours Liverpool over a move to Arsenal after all.

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