Liverpool are expected to open talks with Sevilla this week over a deal, which could finally pave the way for Alberto Moreno to become the club’s new left-back ahead of the new season.
The Daily Mail claims that the Reds and the La Liga side will start talks over a deal which could see striker Iago Aspas heading back to Spain on loan, which opens a line of communication for Brendan Rodgers’ club to complete a move for Moreno.
“Liverpool will open talks with Sevilla this week over a possible loan for striker Iago Aspas and could revive their bid for left-back Alberto Moreno as part of negotiations,” writes Simon Jones in the Mail.
It’s unlikely that any agreement would be created around the idea of a swap deal because Aspas and Moreno are completely different players, but negotiations open up a dialogue.
Sevilla have played hard ball over the price of Moreno (£18-20 million) throughout the summer, but Liverpool sending a player on loan to the club as well as being backed by the cash generated from selling Luis Suarez puts them in a very good position.
Liverpool could demand the right to have a clear run at signing Moreno as part of the talks, which would eliminate the chance of the any deal for Moreno being hijacked by a Premier League or European rival.
It’s important for the club and for Rodgers that Liverpool revive plans to sign Moreno because their left-back options ahead of next season are limited.
Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon is an alternative but he had a fantastic World Cup with Argentina and the competition for him is likely to be far greater than if the Reds can argue some sort of exclusivity over Moreno as part of the Aspas talks.
Continuing Jon Flanagan at left-back is another option, but he’s the natural long term right-back for Liverpool and the boss is likely to want him to settle in that position.
It’s encouraging for Liverpool that they are seemingly about to start talking with Sevilla directly and that plays right into their hands over Rodgers’ plans for a left-back.