Sevilla president Jose Castro has confirmed his club are in talks with Liverpool over Alberto Moreno but said a deal is nowhere near being agreed.
Brendan Rodgers has already spent around £90 million this season but a new left-back has evaded him so far. Moreno has been Liverpool's top target since the start of the summer and reports suggested a deal would be agreed in the present future.
A fee of £16 million was rumoured to be agreed last week with Moreno expected on Merseyside for a medical towards the weekend. However, the 22-year-old never arrived and Castro has explained why.
No deal yet
"There have been negotiations [for Moreno], eight or 10 days ago, but there has been no agreement and nor is there today," Castro told the club's official website on Monday.
"If Liverpool's offer is suitable he will leave. If not, he'll stay and nothing will happen, absolutely nothing. We'll be at ease."
Plane to Spain
It was in fact 10 days ago that Sky Sports reported that Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Spain with the intention of coming back with Javier Manquillo and Moreno in tow. Manquillo has since agreed to join Liverpool in a two year loan deal but Moreno remains very much a Sevilla player.
Until a deal for Moreno is agreed the left-back slot remains a massive concern for Liverpool. Jon Flanagan was forced to fill in a number of times last season to cover for Jose Enrique.
The Spaniard has failed to convince Rodgers of his ability or his fitness and doesn't feature in the first team plans. Aly Cissokho also failed to solve the problem during his season-long loan spell from Valencia and didn't earn a permanent transfer to the club.
If Moreno did join it would take Liverpool's spending above £100 million for the summer as Rodgers looks to compensate for the loss of Luis Suarez. Liverpool have already welcomed seven signings to Anfield in the form of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Divick Origi, Lazar Markovic, Emre Can and the aforementioned Manquillo.
Concerns remain for Liverpool's strikeforce, however, with the Anfield faithful hoping to see some major investment in the front line before the transfer window closes. Only Lambert has been brought in so far with Daniel Sturridge expected to take a bigger role within the team next term.
Moreno is unlikely to be a deal to inspire parties on the streets of Liverpool, but their current options at full-back give cause for concern.
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