Brendan Rodgers has unravelled Liverpool’s summer shopping scroll, taken out his quill and inked the names of two Spanish Moreno’s at the foot before hurriedly running out to by more parchment to pen the personal details of future targets.
The name-sharing duo in question are Benfica’s Rodrigo and Sevilla’s Alberto, who are both viewed as the energetic, exuberant brand of player with sufficient European experience to help the club prosper in next season’s Champions League.
As it stands, the Reds are 3/1 to claim a maiden Premier League title this year, while they’re definitely going to finish in the top-four unless an unmitigated disaster occurs, or so odds of 1/50 about them achieving the feat suggests.
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But, before the thought of trousering such a sum of money sidetracks us all, lets have a look at the two Moreno’s, starting with Rodrigo.
The Spanish Under-21 star has shone in the Portuguese capital this term, notching the opener in Benfica’s recent 3-1 victory over Tottenham in the Europa League.
A third-party ownership company paid £25m for the Brazilian-born goal-getter earlier in the campaign, which apparently increases the likelihood of him moving clubs this summer as his value is forecasted to stagnate should he remain in the Primeira Liga, at least according to The Mirror.
With 15 goals in 16 Under-21 appearances to supplement his 24 goals in 40 starts for the Eagles, it’s a matter of time before the youngster is conscripted to the Spanish national team, which would bolster his value if a Premier League switch accompanied it.
His compatriot Alberto is attracting all kinds of attention on account of a stellar season at Sevilla.
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to rival any club seeking the 21-year-old’s services, though his agent has dismissed the Los Merengues link.
This gives the Reds hope of landing the £15m-rated full-back, who is targeted to replace outbound loanee Aly Cissokho.