Sought-after Uruguayan defender reportedly set to complete a £7 million move from Nacional after rejecting a late advance from Spanish club Atletico Madrid for his signature
Sebastian Coates has completed a medical at Liverpool ahead of his proposed move from Nacional, according to reports.
After snubbing a last-ditch rival offer from Spanish side Atletico Madrid, the highly rated Uruguayan defender has sailed through his medical examination and now awaits a work permit ahead of a £7 million move.
Atletico attempted to swoop for the centre-back by making an £8 million offer, an improvement on the fee agreed with Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Coates, however, maintained his desire to move to Anfield and the transfer will continue as planned once the minor details of the deal are ironed out and the player has secured a work permit.
According to a report from Ovacion, Nacional received a copy of Liverpool's proposed offer for the player while he underwent his medical.
That offer included two key conditions Nacional had insisted upon: that the transfer would be made directly between the clubs without the use of intermediaries, and that the deal would not rest on Coates receiving a work permit.
The full terms have not been finalised yet, however.
Nacional are requesting an increase in the transfer fee to compensate for a more lucrative offer put on the table by Ukrainian side Dnipro, which was rejected in order to seal a deal with Liverpool.
They are also asking that the money is paid over a shorter period and more regularly, with payments made weekly over 18 months rather than annually over three years.
Coates has progressed through Nacional's youth academy and has been capped five times by his country, winning the 'Best Young Player' award at this summer's Copa America, which Uruguay won.