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.
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:
Sevilla coach Unai Emery asked about Liverpool's reported interest in Alberto Moreno. "I don't know. He plays with us tomorrow."— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) August 11, 2014
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.
Castro has been candid in detailing his club's willingness to sell their stars, per the Liverpool Echo, as 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:
@sskillen1 Moreno is just OK. He'll be a Nacho Monreal, OK-type full-back. Manquillo can be elite, imo.— David (@davidjaca) August 6, 2014
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.
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.