Liverpool to sign Rodríguez


MADRID, January 7 – Liverpool are close to signing Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Maxi Rodriguez for 1.5 million euros, a Spanish sports newspaper said Thursday.The player has already announced the news to his teammates, said Marca, which did not indicate its sources.

It said the cash would help Atletico to buy striker Eduardo Salvio from Argentine club Lanus for eight million euros.

Atletico has been active in the mid-season transfer window after a poor start to the season that has left it in 11th place in the Primera Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Spanish media has said the club is set to sign Arsenal’s 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Fran Merida.

It also close to buying Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes from Juventus, another sports newspaper, AS, reported.