Liverpool target Gabriel Mercado has performed a U-turn on his move to Monterrey, the Mexican club have confirmed.

Mercado has been on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America and was understood to have a deal in place to leave River Plate for Mexican side Monterrey this summer.

However, the experienced defender has since backtracked on the move and will no longer be joining the Liga MX champions - raising the possibility of a move to Anfield.

“Mr. Gabriel Mercado broke, unilaterally, the agreement that existed between the player himself and our club," an official Monterrey statement read.

"Although the agreement and the negotiations were handled in the time required by the player and his representative, the arrangements have been dissolved."

This has increased the chances of Mercado joining Liverpool, after River Plate confirmed last month Jurgen Klopp was interested in the 29-year-old.

Speaking to Fox Sports, president Rodolfo D’Onofriohas said: “Klopp likes him, but for Mercado to go to England, Argentina need to be champions [at the Copa America].

"Winning a title with the national team would make possible a move to play in England."

Interest in Mercado would also explain why Klopp was in attendance for Argentina and Chile's group game on June 7 - that initially sparked a host of Gonzalo Higuain rumours.

Mercado has made 94 league appearances for River Plate since 2012 and has 10 caps for Argentina, scoring two goals.

Source: Daily Express

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