Sevilla and Liverpool have today agreed a deal that sends Iago Aspas to the La Liga club for the season on loan. The deal includes a purchase option that the Andalusian club can trigger at the end of the 2014-15 campaign and that, if triggered, would see Aspas join Sevilla full time on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year.
Aspas will now travel to Spain to undergo a medical, though with Sevilla already announcing the deal, it is expected to be no more than a formality. The amount of the purchase option agreed between the two clubs and of any loan fee for the current season is currently undisclosed.
For Aspas, it marks the end of a difficult year. He arrived from Celta last summer, a local player who had led his boyhood club into La Liga while scoring 46 goals in 146 league games. The £7.5M transfer fee would be invaluable to Celta, and for Liverpool seemed a solid gamble on Spain's most influential attacker at a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid.
The stats and the influence he had had at Celta didn't translate to the Premier League, where he made 14 league appearances and scored no goals for Liverpool. He scored his lone Liverpool goal in the FA Cup against Oldham. All will now hope he can rediscover his Celta form for Sevilla and secure a permanent move at the end of the season.
Despite early rumours that his move could end up tied to Liverpool's attempts to sign Sevilla fullback Alberto Moreno, today's departure for Aspas will have no bearing on whether Liverpool can complete the signing of Brendan Rodgers' top defensive target.