Liverpool’s interest in Alberto Moreno has now been ‘officially’ confirmed, but it appears that the Merseyside outfit are nowhere near close to signing the left-back from Sevilla.
The Spanish club’s president, Jose Castro, has made it clear that the Spain international will be sold, but only at the right price.
‘We haven't reached an agreement, but talks haven't broken down’, he told Spanish newspaper ABC. ‘We will wait and see what happens. If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold’.
That ‘right amount’ is said to be £20 million - quite hefty for a 21-year-old who has made fewer than 50 top-flight appearances.
However, Moreno is highly rated in Spain, and there are reports that Valencia are interested in the youngster.
With Los Che being bankrolled by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, it is certainly in Sevilla’s interest to start a bidding war.
That is what Castro appears to be doing, judging by his comments.
‘It's true that there is interest from a number of clubs, above all Liverpool, in him, but we haven't had proper conversations about selling him’, he said. ‘Signing any player from this club has a price and we will decide that price’.
Sevilla appear very bullish indeed and are making it clear that the negotiating power is in their hands. Having sold Croatia international midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona earlier this month, the La Liga outfit are not exactly forced to sell Moreno, who himself has not put in a transfer request.
However, Liverpool are unlikely to be turned over so easily. Moreno is not the only left-back the Premier League club have on their radar.
The Reds are also reportedly monitoring Argentina international Marcos Rojo, who is currently on the books of Sporting Lisbon, and Ryan Bertrand of Chelsea.
With Liverpool and Sevilla playing hardball, the Moreno transfer saga looks set to continue.