Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Alberto Moreno Rumours and Top Reds Targets

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 06:  Alberto Moreno of Spain in action during the UEFA European U21 Championships, Group B match between Spain and  Russia at Teddy Stadium on June 6, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have a strict focus on acquiring players who can patrol their flanks this week after it emerged that both full-backs and wingers alike will move closer to Anfield in the days to come.

Alberto Moreno's Merseyside move was thought to have come to its end, but the Spanish international may yet complete the switch after it came to light that Brendan Rodgers is interested once again.

However, he's not the only full-back thought to be on the manager's mind, with Rodgers seeking to put an end to the confusion in those portions of his squad once and for all.


Alberto Moreno

LAS ROZAS DE MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 26:  Alberto Moreno (L) and Pedro Rodriguez of Spain walks on during training camp at Ciudad del Futbol on May 26, 2014 in Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Guardian's Andy Hunter says that Liverpool are back in the saddle to sign Sevilla's Moreno after seeing a £16 million offer rejected earlier this summer.

According to the report, Ian Ayre is in Spain to thrash out a potential £20 million deal, but Reds forward Iago Aspas, now on loan in Seville, spoke to ABC Sevilla (h/t, telling his new team-mate not to join the Anfield cause:

I have not yet spoken with Alberto about Liverpool. Yes, it is true that his team-mates have had some banter with him on the topic. But if it's a question about quality of life, I would say that Sevilla is better than being there, that's for sure. And I have only been at Sevilla three or four days but now I belong to Sevilla, I would prefer him to stay here.

Aspas' time on Merseyside didn't quite go to plan, but Liverpool fans aren't likely to be impressed by the former Celta star warning potential signings away.

Jose Enrique's injury issues mean that left-back has been a consistent area of concern for the Reds in the past year, and the arrival of 22-year-old Moreno could go a long way in providing a long-term solution in that position.


Javier Manquillo

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However, Hunter goes on to say that a loan deal is close to being agreed for Atletico Madrid youngster Javier Manquillo, who could sign a permanent £5 million deal.

We Play's Nik Postinger claims the temporary acquisition will be for two seasons, after which Rodgers can make a call on whether or not he sees value in the Spaniard's purchase:

Liverpool have already conducted major business this summer, but Rodgers is quoted by The Independent's Samuel Stevens as saying there's more to be done:

We still have some positions that we want to fill within the squad so that by the end of August we have a strong group of players to go forward with. We've still got some business to do. We've brought in specific players for specific roles, players that have the profile of how we work.

Manquillo would very much be a signing for the future, seen as a potential Spain right-back in the years to come, but his recruitment would also offer Glen Johnson more competition for the first-team role right now.


Ezequiel Lavezzi

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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With Paris Saint-Germain in some need to sell before they can buy more talent, Liverpool may be willing to lend a hand with an £18 million move for Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to Jack De Menezes of The Independent.

The Ligue 1 champions have already been hit with fines and squad restrictions for violating Financial Fair Play laws, and ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson says the club are realising too late that Lavezzi is the potential key to them freeing up funds:

Lavezzi's sale could open the door for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria to join PSG, with manager Laurent Blanc giving some detail on that potential deal last week, as per the Daily Mail's Chris Waugh: "I'll leave you to speculate. At the moment nothing is done. Are there negotiations? It's not for me to say, but for the board of the club."

PSG's desire to add Di Maria to their ranks could work in Liverpool's favour when it comes to the possible transfer of Lavezzi, who would offer yet more wide options to Rodgers' flanks.