Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that Liverpool have agreed a fee for Alberto Moreno:
LFC have secured deal for Alberto Moreno. Player set for medical later this week— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 12, 2014
On the heels of that report, Moreno was not included in the starting lineup for the European Super Cup vs. Real Madrid (via Rob Harris of the Associated Press):
Sevilla team to face Real: Beto, Fazio, Fernando Navarro, Pareja, Coke, Krychowiak, Daniel Carriço, Suárez, Vitolo, Vidal Parreu, Bacca.— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 12, 2014
Earlier, Sevilla president Jose Castro said that Liverpool had yet to offer the right price for Moreno.
Moreno had been expected to join the Reds after Tuesday's European Super Cup final, but Castro told his club's official website, per Simeon Gholam of the Daily Mail:
There have been negotiations [for Moreno], eight or 10 days ago, but there has been no agreement and nor is there today.
If Liverpool's offer is suitable he will leave. If not, he'll stay and nothing will happen, absolutely nothing. We'll be at ease.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Liverpool may not be as close to the signing of Alberto Moreno as had been previously reported, after Sevilla's sporting director, Monchi, predicted the left-back will stay in Spain.
The Daily Star's Colin Harvey provides Monchi's quotes:
He's training very well and preparing for a big game for Sevilla, and no more than that.
There is a club that do or have wanted him, but today we think that he will stay at Sevilla and play in the [Super Cup] final in Cardiff.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
The final fee that Liverpool pay Sevilla for Alberto Moreno will be a reported £16 million, according the Daily Mail's Simon Jones.
An agreement is yet to be officially struck, but a transfer does appear to be edging closer, writes Jones:
A deal looked close at the beginning of the summer but Liverpool baulked at Sevilla’s £20m asking price, valuing the player in the region of £14m.
The two clubs appear set to meet somewhere in the middle, with Brendan Rodgers set to pay £16m for his services.
Liverpool are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, with the Spaniard "expected to fly to England in the next 24 hours."
Reds chief executive Ian Ayre has been in Spain thrashing out terms with the La Liga outfit, who rejected an approach from Brendan Rodgers' side earlier in the summer.
Is Moreno worth a £20 million fee?
However, Rodgers' search for a new left-back has led him back to the 22-year-old, the English giants finally meeting Moreno's full valuation.
Sevilla president Jose Castro has always maintained that while his players are available for purchase, they won't leave Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan without their quoted prices being met.
Speaking to ABC Sevilla (h/t Sky Sports) earlier this summer, the Sevilla official insisted Moreno's transfer was still possible, and the Reds look to have now stumped up the required amount:
It's true that there is interest from a number of clubs, above all Liverpool, in him, but we haven't had proper conversations about selling him. We haven't reached an agreement, but talks haven't broken down. We'll wait and see what happens.
If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold. Signing any player from this club has a price and we will decide that price. If Alberto Moreno has to stay at the club he will stay but if a club pays the amount we think is big enough for him to leave, he will leave. But there is no pressure.
Moreno would become Liverpool's seventh summer signing and join countryman Javier Manquillo at Anfield, the Atletico Madrid right-back said to have flown in for his medical on Monday ahead of a two-year loan switch, per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce.
David Lynch of the Manchester Evening News hails Moreno's potential arrival as another sign of Liverpool's intent, showing they're aiming for bigger targets after last season's second-place Premier League finish:
@JackR_88 Nah it did. Can, Markovic, Lovren and Moreno are not players an EL side sign. Nowhere even near. Need to consistently make it now.— David Lynch (@DavidLynchMEN) August 1, 2014
The transfer would also push Liverpool's spending this summer past the £100 million mark, with Adam Lallana (£25 million), Lazar Markovic (£20 million) and Dejan Lovren (£20 million) accounting for a majority of their expenditure thus far.
|Divock Origi||Lille (loaned back for 2014-15 season)||£10,000,000|
|Emre Can||Bayer Leverkusen||£9,750,000|
Moreno would look to take over at left-back from compatriot Jose Enrique, who missed most of last season through injury. Rodgers has been searching for a long-term alternative for some time now.
Liverpool are assembling a deep reserve of star talent this summer, and Moreno's arrival could be made official in the days to come as Rodgers continues his summer squad makeover.