Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers looks set to land long-term left-back target Alberto Moreno, after the Sevilla youngster was left out of Spain's final World Cup squad.
The Anfield outfit have been linked with the 21-year-old star for some time as they look to shore up a defence that conceded 50 goals in their second-place Premier League campaign last season.
Spanish newspaper Marca, via 101 Great Goals, reported that the deal is likely to take place within hours as "almost everything is agreed" for the deal to go ahead.
According to David Anderson in the Mirror, Moreno's eventual exclusion from Vicente del Bosque's squad for Brazil has paved the way for the deal to be completed.
However, an initial bid from Liverpool—which included Spanish midfielder Suso in the exchange—has been rejected by the Europa League winners.
Sevilla are reported to want an initial cash sum of £16.2 million which could then rise to £20 million with add-ons.
Snapping up Moreno so early in the summer would be a huge boost for Rodgers, who has expressed his belief that Liverpool can start to bring in the players they really want after a terrific 2013-14 campaign, per Sky Sports:
The players we wanted we couldn't get [in previous seasons] but we're hopeful that this summer will be different. We turn the page and it's another chapter in terms of where we are going.
Hopefully that will mean it will be more permanent players than loan players but I can never rule it out completely.
Moreno would fit well into Liverpool's counter-attacking style as he has great pace and skill on the ball. La Liga and tactics specialist Paul Wilkes described him as "essentially the perfect modern-day full-back" in a scouting report for FourFourTwo magazine.
Rodgers is reportedly also looking into strengthening his forward unit by making a bid for Barcelona's 22-year-old Spain international Cristian Tello, per Javier de Paz in AS.
However, the Reds will face competition for the youngster's signature from Porto, whose new boss—former Spain Under-21 coach Julen Lopetegui—is also looking to snap up Tello. Lopetegui may hold the edge in the deal as he has worked with the youngster with Spain.
Barca are asking for €12 million (£9.7 million) for the winger, per sports journalist Jan Hagen. Tello made only two starts in La Liga last season, with 20 appearances as a substitute, per WhoScored.com.
Tello may well be eager to leave the Camp Nou where his opportunities look limited considering the wealth of attacking talent in the Barcelona squad.
Rodgers seems to have a clear plan for the type of player he wants to bring in, with quick, young players at the top of his list, fitting well into the team he has been building.
However, the Northern Irishman would be well advised to also try to bring in some proven experience and some older heads, to guide his exciting young team as they contend both domestically and in Europe next season.
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