Liverpool have been way ahead of rest of the Premier League teams in terms of signing their key target ahead of next season.
Having signed the likes of Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings, Liverpool have now confirmed first player to head out of the exit doors at Anfield.
According to Liverpool Echo, Sky Sports and Telegraph, Sunderland have reached a £4million agreement to sign Liverpool’s central defender Sebsastian Coates.
Coates, 24 was signed by Liverpool back in 2011 from Nacional with a hope of signing one of the the best defenders of next generation. However, due to injuries, Coates’ Liverpool career never took off.
In 2012-13, Coates suffered a horrific knee injury, which led to a lengthy spell out of the game. When the Uruguayan did return to fitness he had no place in the team.
Coates was warned by his national side to get enough playing time under his belt to make it to their World Cup squad. This led to Coates moving back to Nacional where he enjoyed a brief loan spell before breaking to Uruguay’s World Cup squad.
What led to Sebastian Coates exit Liverpool?
Brendan Rodgers has Martin Skrtel, Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho as his first choice set of defender, followed by the £20million man Dejan Lovren. Breaking in to the first team will never be easy for Coates.
Deep-down the 24-year-old defender knows that and is right in exiting Anfield in order to get enough playing time under his belt.
Are Sunderland making the right choice?
Despite his vulnerability, Coates will be the steadiest defender at Sunderland. Having narrowly avoided relegation last season, Sunderland needed a cool head at the back, who can guide them to a successful 2015-16 season.