Liverpool have made an approach to Sevilla to bring Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno to Anfield, according to reports emerging from Spain.
Spanish sports newspaper Marca reported on Wednesday, via 101 Great Goals, that the Reds have offered Sevilla €20 million (£16.2 million) plus midfielder Suso in exchange for the 21-year-old defender:
Suso had spent the last season at Almeria in La Liga on loan from Liverpool and by all accounts was impressive for a 20-year-old, bagging three goals in 33 appearances.
The report in Marca suggests Suso would move to Sevilla on loan.
It appears that Sevilla are holding out for a bigger fee, having rejected a straight cash 14.5 million euro offer from Napoli this summer for Alberto Moreno.
Liverpool finished second to Manchester City in the Premier League during the 2013-14 season, and despite scoring 101 goals during the campaign, the 50 they conceded set a concerning club record, per Opta.
50 - Liverpool have conceded 50+ goals in a 38-game top-flight season for the first time since 1914-15. Leaky.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 11, 2014
Thus, with Champions League football on the cards next term and a renewed tilt at the league title expected, Brendan Rodgers desperately needs to shore up his defence.
The Northern Irishman is confident that he can bring in some added quality over the summer, admitting that his squad is too thin at present, per Liverpool's website:
We are really preparing for next season.
It's always about the availability of players. If you are not satisfied with the squad and you feel you can improve it then you have to look at every option.
In these first couple of years I've been here we have had to do that as we've had a thin squad. We turn the page and it's another chapter in terms of where we are going.
Current first-choice left-back Jon Flanagan is a naturally right-sided player and it seems Rodgers sees Moreno as a better option.
The Spanish international contributed three goals in 29 La Liga appearances this season as part of a Sevilla side that finished fifth in the table, per WhoScored.com, as well as playing his part in their Europa League triumph.
Is Moreno worth £16.2 million plus Suso?
Moreno is currently part of Vicente del Bosque's provisional 30-man World Cup squad and Liverpool may be unable to do business with Sevilla until after the summer's showpiece event in Brazil.
If the youngster travels to the World Cup and performs well, Sevilla will no doubt be looking for more money for one of their prized assets.
However, according to Metro, Moreno has a release clause of £24.4 million in his contract, which provides Liverpool with a limit to how much they may need to spend to recruit the player.
The boyhood Sevilla fan would provide Liverpool with great pace and dribbling skill down the left flank, a perfect fit for Rodgers' counter-attacking outfit. Squawka Football certainly see him as an ideal fit at Anfield:
He would provide greater strength in the back four and experience of European football, while also being a sound investment who may be at Anfield for some time considering his age.
Liverpool need to add quality throughout their squad if they are to contend both domestically and in Europe next season. Most pressingly, they need better defenders, and Moreno would be a good start.