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Liverpool Transfer News: Alberto Moreno Obstacle Revealed by Sevilla President

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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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

What once seemed as good as a done deal for Liverpool target Alberto Moreno may not be as straightforward as first suggested, with new complications in the transfer revealed by Sevilla president Jose Castro.

Contrary to previous reports, Castro is quoted telling the official Sevilla website (h/t Daily Mail's Simeon Gholam) that no deal is yet in place for the young full-back:

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.

David Maddock of the Mirror had reported that Moreno was always going to feature in Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup fixture before joining Liverpool. But the revelation that a post-match deal isn't in fact in place is a new twist. 

Castro gives an incredibly laid-back approach to the entire saga, and his manager Unai Emery was quoted by Tom Williams of Agence France-Presse as being of a similarly relaxed attitude:

Brendan Rodgers has already signed one Spanish defender this summer, recently completing the two-year loan of Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo.

Maddock's report stated the Reds were expected to pay £14 million for Moreno, a fee lower than those quoted for the 22-year-old earlier this summer. However, it is mentioned Liverpool's Suso could go in the opposite direction.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 30:  Alberto Moreno of Spain walks onto the pitch prior to an international friendly match between Spain and Bolivia at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 30, 2014 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Castro has been candid in detailing his club's willingness to sell their stars, per the Liverpool Echoas long as their valuations are met.

Spanish football specialist David Jaca suggested Moreno may not be worth the hassle for Rodgers, likening the young Spanish international to Nacho Monreal of Arsenal:

Rodgers intends to use Moreno as a replacement for Jose Enrique, who missed the majority of the 2013-14 season after undergoing knee surgery in November 2013.

Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho, then on loan from Valencia, shared the duties of filling in on the left side of defence, but Rodgers seeks a brighter talent in that portion of his squad.

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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Amid the transfer speculation, and with less than a week to go until the 2014-15 season kicks off, Enrique has declared himself fit to begin anew under Rodgers, speaking to the Press Association (h/t ITV):

I'm feeling good. I was training on my own and running a lot, and it's not the same when you play with a team because it's a lot more with the ball and a different type of running.

I'm still getting my fitness back but I feel really good and confident that I can play soon. It's little by little, and not just me, everyone is getting their fitness. If the manager wants me to play in the first game of the season, I am ready of course.

Moreno may yet complete his move to Anfield with just over a fortnight of the summer transfer window remaining, and it's very clear what the stumbling block is at present.

To get their man, Liverpool need only to decide if he's worth the extra sacrifice in funds, according to Castro, who maintains as stubborn a position as ever.

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