Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has flown to Spain to try to wrap up a double transfer deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno and Atletico Madrid right-back Javi Manquillo, reports Sky Sports.
The deal for Manquillo is expected to be a loan with Liverpool retaining the right to make the deal permanent for £6 million. It is also believed that Brendan Rodgers has requested a two-year loan deal for the 19-year-old.
Moreno would join on a permanent basis and will cost Liverpool around £20 million, which would take Liverpool's spending for the summer well over the £100 million. So far Rodgers has invested £90 million.
Six players have joined the Anfield revolution with three infamously coming from Southampton in the form of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have joined from Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica respectively while Divock Origi complete his deal from Lille last week, but was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side.
Having sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75 million, Rodgers was under pressure to sign a marquee name as a replacement. However, the Liverpool manager has instead opted to strengthen the depth of his squad. With Champions League football returning to Anfield next season, such a tactic could prove crucial.
Fending off competition
If Liverpool can complete the double transfer it will represent a victory over Premier League rivals Arsenal, who have themselves been linked with both players this summer. Arsene Wenger was believed to be particularly interested in Manquillo, but he instead opted to sign Calum Chambers in a £16 million deal. It appears any deal for Moreno was reliant of Nacho Monreal, who was linked with Atletico Madrid, leaving.
Having missed out on Alexis Sanchez to the Gunners, a victory for Rodgers is much needed, especially after Loic Remy failed his medical, leaving Liverpool with no choice but to cancel the deal.
Now the defensive line has been strengthened Liverpool fans will be keen to see some money invested in the attacking department. Daniel Sturridge is expected to lead the line in the absence of Suarez, but with only Lambert to back him up, an experienced striker is needed.
Sky Sports believe Manquillo's move to Liverpool could be completed in a matter of days while talks for Moreno are set to continue well into the summer.
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