Alberto Moreno to Liverpool 'not collapsed' claim Spanish press, rival La Liga sides complicate transfer

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Liverpool were reported to be close to signing Alberto Moreno last month, so what happened?

Alberto Moreno has been on Liverpool's radar over the past few weeks, and this took added momentum in early June.

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reported that Moreno had agreed personal terms on a five year deal and could even be coming over to England for a medical.

The deal has not come to fruition however, and there are doubts whether it ever will.

El Confidencial have now published an update on Moreno, who is currently on holiday and not expecting any deal to be completed any time soon - however they crucially state it 'has not collapsed', and could be revived any time soon.

The reasons they list as the deal being on ice are various:

- Sevilla do not need the cash urgently, having sold Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona.

- Valencia are showing an interest in Moreno, while with Real Madrid lurking, Sevilla are keen to get a bidding war underway.

- Liverpool have begun looking at alternatives, including Argentine left-back Marcos Rojo.

Valencia are being backed by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, and have the money available which will tempt Sevilla into a sale. Their interest at the very least has helped push Sevilla's asking price up, and is reason for their change of stance where Liverpool are concerned.

The paper write that Sevilla are still open to selling, but it is Liverpool who have backed off for now.

Moreno is in limbo, as it seems both parties have butted heads at the negotiating table and are considering their options elsewhere. All the player can do is wait.

If neither Liverpool or Sevilla make progress via other avenues, the deal could be revived, but for now it appears the Spaniard will not be arriving any time soon.

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