Liverpool's pursuit of a defender has yet to produce any returns this summer, with potential deals reportedly falling through at various points along the way. There's still time, of course, and while their efforts to complete a move for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno were unsuccessful as recently as this week, the Spanish press are now reporting that both parties remain open to a deal taking place.
The news come from ABC de Sevilla, who claim that the 22-year-old remains Brendan Rodgers' top target. That's mostly consistent with reports over the past few weeks; Liverpool's focus had shifted to Ben Davies--who may or may not be heading to Spurs--when Ian Ayre couldn't work out a deal for Moreno while securing a loan for Iago Aspas, but talk of interest in Moreno has lingered for most of the past two months.
Few surprises that the point of contention is the price, as that's been the only real problem throughout. Liverpool's interest is evident, and the player is supposed to be keen on a move as well. That leaves Sevilla, who have been insistent on getting as much money as possible. That's their prerogative, of course, and they've made it clear at every turn that they're not budging. And now, according to the article, Atletico Madrid are in the running after selling Filipe Luis. Perfect.
It's easy to feel conflicted here, as the tendency with longer-running transfer sagas is to default to frustration and annoyance. Moreno is clearly talented, though, and getting his signature after months of work would be something of a victory, especially if other clubs are now involved. Still going to take some doing, if it's actually even a thing.
Which, at this point, is anyone's guess.