Liverpool are in pole position to land Spanish U21 international Luis Alberto, according to reports.
The Liverpool Daily Post claims the Reds are at the front of the queue to bring the player to the Premier League, but could baulk at the €9million asking price placed on the young striker’s head by Sevilla.
Alberto spent last season on loan with Barcelona B, scoring 11 goals and producing 17 assists in 37 Spanish second division appearances.
Barca had the option to sign the player for €5million as part of the deal, but that deadline has subsequently expired, and Brendan Rodgers is in position to bring the player to Anfield having had the 20-year-old tracked last term.
Alberto played down Liverpool’s interest when questioned on the subject however, insisting his focus was on an impending holiday rather than a possible switch to Merseyside.
“All I know now is that I’m a Sevilla player and I have to do my best because it is my home,” said the player, according to the paper.
“I cannot say anything more as I don’t know and that is the truth. At the moment I am calm and thinking about my holidays.”
The Reds aren’t flush with options in attack, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge the senior options available to Rodgers last season.
However, an agreement in principal has been reached for Iago Aspes, and Alberto would add further depth to the Liverpool attack whilst also being a signing for the future.