Spanish website and newspaper Marca has claimed Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno may not go on the club’s pre-season tour of Germany as he tries to sort out his future.
Moreno has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, with a deal not possible to this point because the clubs haven’t been able to agree a fee.
However, Marca suggests that Liverpool are mounting one final push to try and sign the player before potential diverting their attention elsewhere ahead of the new season.
“He may not even travel to Germany for the upcoming Sevilla tour which begins next Wednesday,” reports Marca.
“This is because the team which has been following him since January is looking to make one final big push. MARCA.com has revealed that Liverpool are preparing a final offensive and that they are convinced that the Seville-based outfit will accept the deal.”
The final push that Marca talks about is expected to be the same offer that Liverpool put to Sevilla last time (€20 million) with an additional €1 million in add-on fees.
Considering Liverpool have just cashed in on a giant deal, which saw Luis Suarez join Barcelona for £75 million, it would be a major surprise if Moreno isn’t a Liverpool player at the start of next season.
Brendan Rodgers does have options in that position as current left-back Jose Enrique will be fit for the new season and Jon Flanagan excelled in that position last season.
However, Enrique doesn’t have a great deal of recent competitive football as he missed most of last season with an injury while Flanagan’s natural position is as a right-back.
Moreno would represent balance to the back four and would arguably improve a defensive unit, which leaked crucial goals in the Premier League title race last time round.
Sevilla will play hard ball over the deal because they’re in the position of strength but Liverpool have a good cash reserve and need Moreno. There will be a yield somewhere that should see the deal concluded.