Liverpool Transfer News: Ezequiel Lavezzi Deal Unlikely to Follow Alberto Moreno

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2014

NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 11:  Ezequiel Lavezzi  of Paris Saint Germain smiles after the pre-season friendly match between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stadio San Paolo on August 11, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have finally agreed a £12 million fee with Sevilla for the signing of Alberto Moreno, signalling an end to one of the summer's longest transfer sagas.

Unfortunately for supporters, it doesn't seem Ezequiel Lavezzi will be joining the Spanish defender at Anfield after it emerged the Argentinian is reportedly ready to broker a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain.

Ben Jefferson of the Express suggests Lavezzi is now a wanted man in the French capital after the club failed to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid:

Reports in France suggest the Ligue 1 club have reconsidered Lavezzi's position and hope to get the 29-year-old to sign a new deal.

Lavezzi currently has a deal until June 2016, but the right offer from PSG could now permanently end Liverpool's hopes of signing the former Napoli star.

Better news stems from the Moreno saga, which now seems ready to conclude, with the player heading to Liverpool. 

David Anderson of the Mirror reports a £12 million sum for the player, saying Liverpool "have forced Sevilla to drop their £16million asking price."

Moreno "is due to travel to Merseyside for a medical and to discuss personal terms," before joining up with Brendan Rodgers' squad, taking the manager's total number of signings to eight this summer.

Anderson suggests Moreno could be included in the Reds' squad for Sunday's Premier League opener against Southampton. The left-back's presence at Anfield, whether he's on the pitch or watching teammates, will be hailed as a coup for Rodgers' regime.

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Moreno is a quality defender and someone who has plenty of room left to develop. He is used to battling at the top level and played a major role along Sevilla's route to Europa League glory last season.

While he missed Tuesday's Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, he was seen offering an emotional farewell toward Sevilla fans who travelled to Cardiff, posted by Football Vines:

Guillem Balague, Sky Sports' resident Spanish football expert, indicated Liverpool have snapped up a wholehearted individual on the back of his tears:

Rodgers recently hinted Moreno won't be the last of this summer's acquisitions. The boss insists further depth is needed ahead of Liverpool's return to the Champions League, especially considering Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona.

Despite suggesting his squad is coming together, Rodgers doesn't hide his intentions of bringing in further talent, reported by Chris Shaw on the club's website:

We would still like to do some business. 

But I'm certainly happy with where we're at with the squad at the moment. We've still got players to come back from injury. 

Across the board we still want to add a little bit more depth to what we have. We hope to do some more business.

PRESTON, LANCASHIRE - JULY 19: Rickie Lambert of Liverpool shoots at goal during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Liverpool at Deepdale on July 19, 2014 in Preston, Lancashire.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Many will be hoping for the addition of a new striker, as Rodgers has more than enough cover for any defensive and midfield problems that may arrive.

The arrival of Rickie Lambert isn't enough to see Liverpool perform well across four competitions, as much of the goalscoring burden will be with Daniel Sturridge, a player who is used to working excellently with Suarez.

Lavezzi, although not an out-and-out striker, could aid the English duo's quest for goals.

The likes of Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic bring exciting quality across the midfield and wings, while Dejan Lovren and Moreno have the capability to significantly improve Liverpool's defence. 

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 27: Liverpool Coach Brendan Rodgers before the start of the match against the Olympiacos FC in the International Champions Cup 2014 on July 27, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Last season was littered with instances of the team needlessly throwing leads away—none more prominent than the three-goal capitulation suffered at the hands of Crystal Palace—as Rodgers looks to quickly improve the team's solidarity.

Moreno will offer Jose Enrique stern competition in the left-back role, forcing both players to remain in decent form.

Lavezzi's arrival would have certainly increased competition along the forward line, but Rodgers may wish to turn to a traditional striker when adding to his firepower.

He has just over two weeks to find the right man, or else the root of Liverpool's on-field problems may be completely opposite to the defensive difficulties suffered last year.


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