After a year on loan to Sunderland, Sebastian Coates gets the “opportunity” to stay there. Does Brenden Rodgers already have his replacement?
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Liverpool manager Brenden Rodgers is ready to part ways with Sebastian Coates in order to make a bid for one of the Championship League’s young defensive stars.
According to the Daily Star, Rodgers has his eyes on Charlton Athletic defender Joe Gomez as a replacement for Coates, who the Reds boss intends to sell to Sunderland after loaning him out in the previous season. The Daily Star reports that the bid on the 18-year-old defender will be for approximately £3.5 million, but noted that the club is hoping for an offer of around £7 million “in add-ons.”
Coates signed with Liverpool in 2011 as a center back after a successful stint with Nacional in Primera Division. But in four seasons with the Reds, Coates has been loaned out twice – once to Nacional and once to Sunderland – and has yet to play more than 10 games in a single season.
Gomez has been a rising star in the UK since he helped the England U17 team win the UEFA European U-17 Championship in 2014, playing every minutes of England’s five matches and earning Team of the Tournament honors. The teenage stud could be a real steal for Rodgers as he tries to bring Liverpool back into the top of the Premier League table.