Not for the first time in 2014, and certainly not for the last, Liverpool and Chelsea’s names have been attributed with an interest in buccaneering Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno.
The Daily Mail reports that the Europa League-winning defender would cost upwards of £15m.
Both are in dire need of left-backs ahead of the new campaign having relied on square peg right-sided stoppers to squeeze themselves into the round hole on the opposite side of their backlines.
Moreno has warranted the plethora of plaudits with which he has been inundated with this term, but having enjoyed just one consistently solid season, a fee approaching £20m seems a shade too steep for a Premier League pair who must be aware of treading over the Financial Fair Play line.
With that in mind, here are three alternative number threes who shouldn’t require the transfer war chest excavation in order to obtain their signature.
Ricardo Rodriguez – Wolfsburg
Forget the name, this adventurous full-back is as Swiss as cuckoo clocks and crater-laden cheese.
With five goals and a staggering nine assists on his CV from 2013/14, it’s seems safe to say that R-Rod would be a more attractive proposition for Brendan Rodgers than Jose Mourinho.
Adept in possession, the Bundesliga ever-present last term averaged 2.3 key passes per game and is sure to attract more attention following his involvement in the World Cup.
Jetro Willems – PSV
Eindhoven’s Dutch international is much more suited to the Special One’s pragmatic taste.
The 20-year-old averages three more defensive actions per match than Moreno, created almost double the 17 chances mustered by his pricier alternative and won 59 per cent of his duels in comparison to the 47 per cent mustered by the Spaniard.
Felipe Luis – Atletico Madrid
Continent-wide Diego Costa clamouring caused the ability of the other Brazilian-born multi-national in the Atleti ranks to fly under the radar.
An integral part of Los Colchoneros’ uber-tight defence, he averaged four tackles per La Liga appearance last time around, while upholding a healthy 80.8 per cent pass completion rate to boot.
He’ll be in line to start in Atletico’s title-deciding clash with Barcelona and should he help his side avoid defeat at odds of 19/20, they’ll be crowned champions.