Mauricio Isla

Reds alert as Isla hints at Udinese exit

February 18, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool have been put on alert after Udinese's Mauricio Isla confirmed he is set to leave the Stadio Friuli at the end of the season.

Mauricio Isla: Chile international
GettyImagesMauricio Isla: Chile international

Chile international Isla, who can play anywhere on the right flank, was heavily linked with a move away from Udinese in the January transfer window but the Italian club were unwilling to let him go.

But Isla, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against AC Milan last weekend, has spoken with Udinese's officials and is ready to move on, possibly to the Premier League.

"I talked to Gino Pozzo (son of Udinese owner Giampaolo), who decided to let me go at the end of the season," the 23-year-old told La Tercera.

"I do not exclude the possibility of staying as I was asked to stay for another year. But, for now, all I think about is recovering from this injury as soon as possible."

Isla's agent claimed earlier in February that Serie A rivals Juventus, Roma are also keeping an eye on his client.

"I think he is being tracked by Liverpool and other Italian clubs like Juventus and Roma," Leo Rodriguez told BK Sport. "I'm sure that these clubs have already initiated contacts with Udinese."