In what will come as a significant blow to Alberto Moreno’s hopes for the 2017-18 season, Sevilla have signalled that they are uninterested in bringing him back to the club that he joined as a youth player and left in 2014, when he moved to Liverpool in a £12M deal.
The player had been told by Liverpool that he would be moved on from Anfield this summer if a suitable buyer could be found, and Moreno had been hopeful that Sevilla would be interested in bringing him back to his home city and club. Sevilla, it turns out, are not.
The Andalusian club consider themselves well stocked at left back, and given Moreno’s development has stalled in his three years spent in the Premier League, they do not believe it would make sense to pay the “substantial amount” that would be required to re-sign him.
The reality for any but the top three clubs in Spain is that their spending power is vastly outclassed by even the Premier League’s relegation-threatened sides, but according to Estadio Deportivo, Liverpool aren’t actually looking for much from the potential sale of Moreno.
Liverpool, according to the local Sevilla paper, would be quite happy to accept around £8.5M for the left back, a loss on their initial investment. And Moreno appears to have been highly motivated to return to Sevilla, meaning he may even have been willing to take a pay cut.
Put that together, and that Sevilla didn’t see their former academy graduate as an at all appealing option is bad news for Moreno—and also perhaps for Liverpool’s hopes of finding a permanent home for him at all this summer.