Sevilla president Jose Castro has confirmed that Liverpool are leading the race to sign young full-back Alberto Moreno, but insists it will take a "big" offer in order to persuade him to sell up.
The 21-year-old is a product of Sevilla's youth academy, and made 29 appearances for the club last season. His form helped Unai Emery's side finish fifth in La Liga, and also secure victory in the Europa League.
It has also seemingly attracted the interest of Liverpool, who are in the market for a new left-back. They have been heavily linked with the talented youngster, but the latest batch of reports suggested that the move had hit a stumbling block.
Now it is being claimed that Liverpool have identified possible alternatives including Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez. Castro confirmed that there has been nothing concrete from Liverpool over Moreno - but says they are at the front of the queue for his signature.
"It's true that there is interest from a number of clubs, above all Liverpool, in him, but we haven't had proper conversations about selling him," Castro said in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC.
"Signing any player from this club has a price and we will decide that price. If Alberto Moreno has to stay at the club he will stay but if a club pays the amount we think is big enough for him to leave, he will leave. But there is no pressure.
"We haven't reached an agreement, but talks haven't broken down. We'll wait and see what happens. If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold."
Sevilla have a history of selling their best players in order to balance the books, and let both Jesus Navas and Albaro Negredo sign for Manchester City last year, while club captain Ivan Rakitic joined Barcelona this month.
That could give Liverpool some hope of wrapping up a deal for Moreno, but whether Brendan Rodgers is willing to pay a figure of £18 million remains to be seen. What is certain is that Liverpool need reinforcements at full-back.
Jose Enrique has proved to be somewhat hit-and-miss, while Aly Cissokho failed to impress during his loan stint at Anfield.
Further up the pitch and Liverpool have been somewhat more proactive; they've already sealed deals for Rickie Lambert from Southampton, and secured the services of Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can.
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