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Reds closing in on Nacional's Coates

Nacional vice-president Hector Olmes has confirmed that the club have received an offer from Liverpool for Sebastian Coates and said he expects the centre-back to move to Anfield.

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Coates, 20, revealed on Tuesday that his future would be decided by the end of the week, claiming "a lot of teams are interested in me".

Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have also been linked to a move for the Uruguay defender, who impressed during the Celeste's recent Copa America triumph.

But Nacional vice president Olmes has confirmed the Liverpool bid - thought to be around £8 million - has them in pole position to sign Coates and the player's father and agent, Peter, is reportedly heading to Merseyside to discuss personal terms with the Reds.

"The offer is very good. Surely Coates will go to Liverpool," Olmes replied when asked about Liverpool's interest.

And Coates himself has talked up the prospect of linking up with international team-mate Luis Suarez at Anfield.

"It's a club with great history and tradition in England," he told Ovacion. "Also, Luis [Suarez] would be a great help to me there. The offer suits all concerned, so it's fair to say it's a done deal."

Asked if he would prefer Liverpool to City, he said: "Yes. I would have to wait to see what City offer, but I think the presence of Luis would be very important in my decision. I have spoken to him - he contacted me and we chatted for quite a while.

"He's someone I know well. He's doing really well there and that's good for me because I'm joining a club with a Uruguayan presence."

On adapting to life in England, he said: "I don't care about the weather. When I get there, I'll get used to that and anything else as well. I'm more or less getting to grips with the English language, but I'll have to get Luis to give me a hand.

"There were many a lot of rumours that English clubs wanted me, but nothing concrete. Fortunately, I have now received an offer."


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