Liverpool have been dealt a transfer blow as a report has emerged from Spain, which suggests Real Madrid is the first choice of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno.
The 21-year-old defender has been linked with an Anfield switch over the last couple of weeks, with Brendan Rodgers seemingly keen to tie up the long term strength of left-back in his current back four.
Jose Enrique’s injury over the second half of last season showed the lack of options Rodgers has in that position, forced to use right sided players Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan frequently down the left hand side.
Moreno was identified as the youngster who could come in and take care of that position, but a report from pro-Madrid newspaper Sport suggests he’s intent on a move to the Bernabeu.
“Reports have surfaced of a verbal agreement with Real Madrid and the full-back has made it clear that the Bernabéu would be his first choice. He is close friends with Sergio Ramos and knows that Fabio Coentrao could well be on his way out,” reports Marca.
It’s not the end of the world for Liverpool because Rodgers has other options at left-back in terms of players who could come in.
Ashley Cole has just indicated that he won’t be staying at Chelsea for next season, meaning he’ll become a free agent when his Chelsea contract officially expires.
Cole proved with some end of season performances for the Blues that he can still perform at the top level and there was a widespread negative reaction when news broke that he wouldn’t be going to the World Cup with England.
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for highly rated Southampton teenager Luke Shaw, although the club may struggle to compete financially against Manchester United.
Any deal for Shaw this summer is likely to be at least £30 million, which represents roughly 50% of what Rodgers has to spend this summer.
Moreno would have been a great investment for the Reds but they have options and they can do nothing if the player would prefer to stay in Spain over moving abroad to a league and culture he doesn’t know.