Thursday, August 01, 2013

Liverpool Land Melgarejo Loan Deal

Liverpool have completed the signing of Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo on a season-long loan, with the possibility of making it a permanent transfer once the loan finishes.

22-year-old Melgarejo will act as competition for Jose Enrique having had a successful first season with Benfica, starting in all 34 of his appearances.

The deal is subject to a work permit, the Express reports, and could be made permanent at the end of his loan period for £8.5million.

Melgarejo played in the Benfica side that lost to Chelsea in the final of the Europa League.

The defender has made one appearance for Paraguay at international level, a 3-1 victory over Guatemala.

Although not expected to start at left-back for Liverpool, he will provide extra cover at defence for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, with the Daily Star reporting on Monday that Napoli are interested in signing Martin Skrtel.

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