The arrival of Javier Manquillo at the start of last week was expected to be followed closely by another young Spanish fullback, and while it didn't happen as quickly as most would have liked, it looks as though Liverpool are going to deliver. Months of interest and negotiations have paid off, with Liverpool reportedly--and finally--agreeing a fee for the transfer of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla. He's long been one of the club's top defensive targets this summer, with interest reported as early as May, and now there's a deal in place that will see him move to Merseyside.
Liverpool have agreed a fee with Sevilla for Alberto Moreno who is now expected to be pulled out of tonight's Super Cup game in Cardiff.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 12, 2014
It surely comes too late to see him involved against Southampton at the weekend, but if everything is tidied up and completed in the coming days, he should be in the running for the trip to Manchester City in just under two weeks' time. His signature is likely to be Liverpool's last before they spend the final weeks of the window searching for another striker, but it's a significant one given the amount of work they've had to do to make a deal work for Sevilla, who were exceptionally stubborn throughout the process.
It'll be interesting to see where Moreno fits if and when he does arrive given the fullback shuffle that's in motion; Manquillo impressed in his debut with Glen Johnson on the left and Jose Enrique a late substitute, and with Jon Flangan injured, Martin Kelly off to Crystal Palace, and Jack Robinson rumored for a loan, Moreno should find himself with a chance to earn minutes almost immediately.
As Tony Barrett noted above, Moreno's participation in tonight's Super Cup has been ruled out, with either Fernando Navarro or Nicolas Pareja featuring at left-back to face Real Madrid.
**Addendum: Reports have the fee at €18m, which is around £14m, though other reports now have it as low as £12m. That's far lower than the £20m asking price floated earlier, but might not include escalators/add-ons, etc.**