Liverpool may look to kill two birds with one stone, by solving their left-back problems and offloading Iago Aspas at the same time to Sevilla in return for Albert Moreno.
Liverpool have been linked with the young defender for the majority of the summer transfer window, but any potential deal looked dead after they two clubs were unable to agree a fee. The Spanish club demanded £20 million with Liverpool’s estimation closer to £16 million.
However Liverpool could use Aspas to knock a few millions off Moreno’s transfer fee. Sevilla have shown interest in the former Celta de Vigo forward, and are reportedly readying a £5 million bid for the Spaniard.
Liverpool are looking to recoup the £7.7 million they paid for him last summer, but may accept what little they can get.
The 26-year-old endured a torrid first season, making only 15 appearances and scoring only once. The Spaniard failed to displace either Luis Suarez, or Daniel Sturridge and his game is far more suited to Spain, and Sevilla are more than aware of his capabilities.
Aspas could spearhead Sevilla’s attack should last season’s top scorer Carlos Bacca leave in the near future, or at least provide some competition to the Colombian forward. The World Cup striker hit 21 goals last season, and could follow Ivan Rakitic out of the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce insists it is only a matter of time before Aspas returns to his homeland. He wrote: “Sevilla are certainly interested in Aspas and the Spaniard certainly doesn’t have a future at Liverpool.
“The only reason he’s been back at pre-season at Melwood this week is because the club haven’t had any takers for him up until now.
The journalist insists that whilst many believe the deal is dead, Liverpool are still intent on signing the 22-year-old.
“I know Sevilla have said the Moreno deal was dead but people I’ve spoken to at LFC haven’t given up on it. The player wants to come to Anfield,” he added.
Liverpool have been on the hunt for a left-back for some time, and if the deal for Moreno falters once more, Liverpool could turn their attention to Swansea full-back Ben Davies. The 21-year-old, who worked under Rodgers during his time in Wales, would cost between £5-10 million and is a viable young alternative.
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