According to Sevilla sporting director Ramon Rodríguez Verdejo, Sevilla and Liverpool have failed to agree a fee for Alberto Moreno. Liverpool offered £16million for the Spanish international, but the La Liga side value him at £20million.
“The matter of Alberto is practically settled. We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived,” he said.
“It was great offer, but the player is only 21 years old and it’s possible that the catharsis of being with the national team had a positive effect.
“He has a lot of room to grow and the coach is very happy to have him. I don’t think we’ll make a lot of moves, but if on August 14 a club comes along and they give you a mountain of cash, well….I know you don’t like to hear it, but we are economic managers.
“My feeling is that the negotiations are paralysed and I don’t see any hint that they will be restarted. We put a price on our players which we believe to be appropriate. Whoever wants to buy, can buy, and if you can’t…
“Also, with the sale of (Ivan) Rakitic, our needs were covered. We don’t have the burden we had at other times.”
Brendan Rodgers has already identified Argentine internatonal Marcos Rojo and Colombian international Eder Balanta as alternatives. Both of them can play at left-back as well as centre-back. According to reports, Sporting own only 25% of Marco Rojo’s right and are not ready to sell him. They will only sell him after the World Cup as they feel his performances might increase his price. Manchester United and Arsenal are also looking to sign the Argentine international.
“For the moment we only know, in an official way, that Juventus are making a big effort for Balanta.
“We have heard what an English newspaper is saying about West Ham.
“If the amount of money that the newspaper mentions is true and we receive an offer like that, then River could sit down and stat negotiations as it would be close to the amount the club expects for transferring Balanta.
“If the money that is being mentioned in the English media is that, then we will have to listen to them when we receive an official offer.
“Of course we would want to sell our players to the team that gets closest to our value.”