Liverpool are close to completing a €22 million deal for left-back Alberto Moreno, after Sevilla president Jose Castro confirmed the Reds' interest on Tuesday.
Fede Quintero of Spanish newspaper Marca claims the transfer is "virtually a done deal" after the Reds improved their initial cash offer, removing the unwanted Suso from a previously proposed part-exchange deal.
Quintero says Moreno has already agreed personal terms with his suitors and that Sevilla stand to make a bundle from the "juicy add-ons" included as part of the deal.
Sevilla president Castro confessed on the club's official television station on Tuesday that Liverpool have approached his club over Moreno, but appeared to suggest the deal is not yet complete, per Inside Spanish Football:
It’s true that there’s interest from Liverpool and we’re waiting to to see if that turns into a reality, which right now, it isn’t.
What I’m clear about is that we’ll not force anyone to stay at Sevilla. Whoever wants to leave can do so, but we’ll be the ones setting the prices. This club is experiencing a time of economic stability and we don’t need to sell. We’re going to be firm about this and we’ll only consider selling outside the market, which gives us the opportunity to make our team competitive.
The full-back would become Brendan Rodgers' second summer signing after Rickie Lambert sealed a £4 million switch to Anfield from Southampton at the beginning of the week, per the Liverpool Echo:
As confirmed by beIN Sport's Tancredi Palmeri, the 21-year-old has been left out of Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad for this summer's World Cup, allowing Liverpool to surge in on their stranded target:
Correction: David Villa should be in Spain World Cup squad. Alberto Moreno and Iturraspe the other two players out— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 30, 2014
Rodgers is clearly eager to get his summer transfer business underway in swift fashion, and it's reported that Liverpool have seen another bid for Saints star Adam Lallana rejected.
The Mirror's David Anderson writes that the midfielder, travelling to Brazil next week as part of Roy Hodgson's England squad, will have to submit a transfer request if he wishes to leave St. Mary's.
That's after the south coast outfit turned down a second offer from the Reds worth a reported £25 million, £6.25 million of which would go to Lallana's former club Bournemouth due to the 25 percent sell-on clause in his contract.
Anderson's report includes a Southampton statement, which proclaims that no more players will be sold until the club appoints a successor to new Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:
We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers. We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager, who will continue to move our club forward. It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place. There may be circumstances under, which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on.
Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie's move to Liverpool.
Under Pochettino, the Saints were able to stave off a mass of interest in their emerging stars, but the Argentinian's exit could lead to a player exodus at the club, something chairman Ralph Krueger will be striving to prevent.
It's not all about the incoming additions on Merseyside, though, with youngster Luis Alberto set to depart for La Liga once again, according to the Daily Mail's Graeme Yorke.
It's reported that the former Sevilla prodigy will join Malaga on loan for the 2014-15 campaign, having failed to make any real impact on the Liverpool first team.
Alberto will head back to his native Spain with the intention of getting more senior minutes under his belt, with Rodgers quoted in stating his belief in the attacking midfielder, per the official club website:
It's probably been a difficult season for Luis because he hasn't had many opportunities to make an impact. But he needs to keep working. He's still a very young player and he does have quality. It shows you the level of where we are at. It was a signing for the long term - that was the idea.
He's a young player who has come in and sampled life at a big club and made a contribution. He will stay with the group for the rest of the season and then we will review his development come the summer.
Despite not establishing a prominent role under Rodgers thus far, Alberto was tipped as one of Spain's most promising youngsters at the time of his transfer to England last summer.
The Reds will be hoping that a renewed sense of worth may give Alberto the means to showcase his talents once again, giving the manager reason to keep him in his plans for future seasons.