Earlier today there was talk of Ian Ayre's trip to Spain, ostensibly to work out a deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. The 22-year-old has been a long-standing target in this summer's window, and while a move began to look less and less likely, renewed interest in the past week gave hope that something could be worked out. News of the managing director's visit strengthened that hope, but reports tonight indicate that it's Iago Apsas rather than Moreno who's closest to a move.
Aspas is set to join Sevilla on loan for the coming season, with Liverpool reportedly interested in making the move permanent. Curiously, talk of a combination deal that would see Moreno move the other way isn't happening, as James Pearce reports that any agreement for the fullback would be entirely separate from Aspas' loan or permanent transfer.
Which seems a bit confusing, especially if there ends up being interest in a full transfer for Aspas. From a Liverpool perspective that would seem to make the most sense, but for Sevilla a loan for Aspas would line up nicely with their efforts to get as much money as possible up front for Moreno.
As for Aspas, it just never quite worked out. Brought in with the expectation that he would provide cover for the banned Luis Suarez, and once Suarez returned, the Spaniard's time as first-choice disappeared. It was an impossible spot for him to be in; Suarez and Daniel Sturridge had the best season of their respective careers, and chances for Aspas were limited to late cameos in matches that had already been settled.
That had little impact on his work rate or commitment, however, as Brendan Rodgers highlighted Aspas' professionalism throughout the season, and reports of discontent were quickly dismissed. Hopefully this sees his career rejuvenated after what was surely a disappointing spell on Merseyside.
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