Liverpool have all but confirmed the capture of Alberto Moreno for £16.2million, as the Spaniard is flying to England today to complete the deal.
The Daily Mail reports that the Reds have agreed the aforementioned fee with Sevilla, and that the player is travelling with his brother and father to finalise terms before signing on the dotted line. The full-back has long been coveted by Brendan Rodgers, who is looking to improve his squad ahead of a conquest in the Champions League next season, for some time, and he will become the third purchase of the summer for Liverpool providing negotiations proceed as expected.
Having already clinched the signatures of both Rickie Lambert and Emre Can, Rodgers has now turned his attentions to acquiring a new full-back to help steady what was a shaky defence at the best of times last term. In Moreno he will have at his disposal a player who has recognised European pedigree and is competent both going forward and defending. Despite the fact that he missed out on Spain’s World Cup squad he has a well established reputation amongst the world’s rising talents, and Rodgers will surely look to make him a mainstay in the Liverpool first-team for years to come.
The 21-year-old left-back has been involved in plenty of transfer gossip so far this summer, and has also been closely tailed by Tottenham. As such Reds fans will undoubtedly be relieved that they finally have their man, particularly given the fact that he appeared to play down talk of an Anfield switch only yesterday.
According to the Mail’s information, gathered from Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo, Moreno was finally convinced that his future lay in Merseyside after the wedding of compatriot Luis Alberto at the weekend. It’s said that the ex-Liverpool player, who transferred to Sevilla last summer for £7million, gave his team-mate glowing references regarding the dressing room atmosphere at Anfield.
If Rodgers does manage to complete the deal for Moreno he could turn his attentions to the capture of another playmaker. Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri is said to be high on his agenda and, regardless of the fact that the Switzerland international stated his intent to continue at the Allianz Arena next year, there may be some scope for negotiation due to the extended game time Liverpool could offer him.
With Champions League participation secured for next year it's clear to see why the Reds are so desperate to bulk up their squad. Their domestic success last campaign was a shining example of how effective smart, attacking football can be, but matches on the continent will duly take their toll on the team and subsequently effect results.