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Manchester City transfer means Liverpool are €2m short in deal for 'next Xavi'

With Sevilla benefiting from the windfall of the Jesus Navas transfer they are now moving the goalposts on a deal for Luis Alberto.

Manchester City have finalised the long sought after transfer of Sevilla winger Jesus Navas for a fee believed to be worth £14.9 million to the Spanish outfit. It is a deal that has long been in the pipeline as the 26-year-old, who battled with severe homesickness in the past, had to convince the Manchester City hierarchy that he was ready to finally move abroad after years of speculation over his future.

For Sevilla the sale could not have come at a better time. The club have been struggling with some financial loose ends for a while now and the financial windfall of this sale and what looks increasingly like being Europa League qualification (depending on Rayo Vallecano’s appeal with CAS) means a fire sale this summer is no longer on the cards.

That means the expected departures of star players such as Alvaro Negredo and Ivan Rakitic is no longer a forgone conclusion; as the club president Jose Maria del Nido can get back to his usually constricted ways.

With that in mind a report in Spain today suggests that Liverpool’s seemingly straightforward deal for 20-year-old Spaniard Luis Alberto has now hit a snag.

As recent as yesterday it was reported in many circles that a deal for the player dubbed ‘the new Xavi’ was on the brink of conclusion; along with a deal for Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.

A fee believed to be in the region of €8 million was said to be enough to secure a move for the player who recently stated it would ‘be foolish to say no to Liverpool’.

But with the new financial windfall it seems Sevilla are ready to play hard-ball over the transfer of their young talent; with del Nido now said to be asking for €10 million for the player according to Fichajes.

Alberto is in hot demand after his incredible season with Barcelona ‘B’ on a loan deal last term; where he provided an outstanding 17 assists in 36 games as well as bagging 11 goals himself.

But it seems Liverpool will now have to fork out an extra €2 million if they are to pry him away from Spain this summer; and it is all thanks to Manchester City.

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