After securing the Europa League trophy and an impressive fifth-place finish in La Liga, despite shedding six of their 2012/13 first-team last summer, another high-value Sevilla fire-sale looks extremely likely during the silly season.
Los Nervionenses president Jose Castro has confirmed that Liverpool are interested in Alberto Moreno, the 21-year-old left-back who’ll form part of Spain’s 6/1 defence of the World Cup in the coming weeks.
Castro made the Andalusian side’s position perfectly clear when stating “we’ll not force anyone to stay at Sevilla. Whoever wants to leave can do so, but we’ll be the ones setting the prices.”
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ought to take the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan supremo at his word, after Castro oversaw a mass exodus from southern Spain last summer.
Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Geoffrey Kondogbia, whose sales raised almost £70m alone, made the headlines as Sevilla’s first-team squad was gutted, with ten new names – including striker Carlos Bacca – brought in as reinforcements.
Sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, also known as ‘Monchi’, insists the club is now on a sound financial footing and stalwarts Ivan Rakitic and Federico Fazio will not be sacrificed this summer.
However, Bacca’s reported £9m release clause will see the vultures circle once the Colombia international returns from Brazil, while Castro confirmed that there is interest from Anfield in Moreno and Sevilla are awaiting Liverpool’s next move.
Rodgers is yet to solve the Reds’ left-back problem, with Jon Flanagan tried opposite his natural side in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign owing to Jose Enrique’s injury problems, allied with a series of clown shows from on-loan misfit Aly Cissokho.
The potential price being bandied about for Moreno is just north of £16m, which could look quite the bargain if the 21-year-old cements a place in La Roja’s line-up en route to a glorious defence of the World Cup in Brazil.