Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been handed a fresh challenge as the club try to do a deal for Alberto Moreno.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been handed a fresh transfer challenge with the news that the club’s deal for Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno has hit a problem.
That problem relates to the way Liverpool’s £18 million will be paid to the Spanish club, with Sevilla wanting a larger chunk up front than the Reds reportedly first offered.
“Liverpool’s bid to sign Alberto Moreno from Sevilla for £16.2million hangs in the balance after the Spanish club demanded a large chunk of the fee up front,” writes Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
It certainly doesn’t mean the deal is off but it presents Anfield officials and the club’s manager with a fresh challenge, which they’ll have to respond to in order to get their man.
A left-back is a key addition that Liverpool need to make this summer.
Rodgers was forced to use right sided defenders in his team last season, while Jose Enrique was out injured and Moreno is one of the best defensive talents in Europe which means Rodgers’ next couple of moves are crucial.
Firstly, he’s unlikely to let Liverpool be held to ransom over any deal.
Rodgers has always commented that Liverpool as a football club come first and if he feels Sevilla are becoming too demanding then he’ll pull the plug on any deal and won’t think twice about using Jon Flanagan at left-back for next season.
Rodgers is also likely to stress a necessity for common sense.
A deal for Moreno isn’t something which depends on being wrapped up quickly with the player away at the World Cup.
Should Moreno play well for Spain, it may inflate his fee slightly but Liverpool don’t have to get a deal done in the next few days before Spain’s first World Cup game against the Netherlands.
Therefore, Rodgers will urge officials to show patience, not willing to alienate Sevilla too much by being overly aggressive in the transfer process.
Rodgers would never allow the deal to threaten Liverpool’s immediate well being but he won’t be pushing the panic button just yet.