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Liverpool Could Re-Open Moreno Negotiations

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Though any deal for Alberto Moreno appeared dead, Sevilla's interest in Iago Aspas could see Liverpool make another attempt to land their top defensive target.

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Alberto Moreno had been Brendan Rodgers' top defensive target heading into the transfer window, but Liverpool's refusal to budge on their €20M offer and Sevilla's attempts to spark a bidding war had appeared to kill off any chances of a deal. Now, though, James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo believes that Sevilla's growing interest in Iago Aspas could lead to the club re-opening negotiations for him.

As the club's top defensive target, interest in Moreno never really went away—instead it seemed a victim of the club's insistence on sticking to their valuation with no exceptions. Moreno, though, remains the left back Rodgers would most like to bring to Anfield this summer, and with his other likely potential suitors having already filled their fullback needs, if he is to be sold in the coming weeks Liverpool are the only likely destination.

There had been suggestions last month that Liverpool were offering to make Aspas part of the deal but that Sevilla were cool to the idea. However, while the Moreno deal appeared to have fallen through a few weeks ago, Aspas to Sevilla rumours have continued to gather strength and sources in both Spain and England believe Sevilla have a genuine interest in bringing him back to Spain.

Given Liverpool's interest in Moreno, there seems obvious room for a deal to be done that would involve Liverpool taking a small loss on Aspas and Sevilla selling Moreno for the fee Liverpool originally proposed but which was slightly below their valuation. The one sticking point, though, is that after selling Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona, Sevilla don't need to sell Moreno this transfer window in order to make ends meet.

Still, after having looked as though there was no chance whatsoever of a Moreno deal getting done, now there is again—albeit a slim one.