Liverpool have rejected an £11 million bid from Napoli for Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno and will listen to offers as they look to make a profit on the former Sevilla man.
After sitting on the bench regularly for Liverpool during the 2016/17 season, it would seem that a move away from Merseyside is the most likely course of action for Alberto Moreno.
Chris Bascombe reports for The Telegraph that an £11 million bid from Napoli has been rejected by Liverpool.
The Reds want £15 million for the Spaniard as they look to make £3 million on the £12 million they paid Sevilla in 2014.
Napoli isn’t the only side interested as both Milan clubs have registered an interested in the pacy fullback but they will need to pay £15 million to sign him.
In Spain, former club Sevilla are also looking at re-signing him while Atletico Madrid made a loan request in January which Liverpool duly rejected.
James Milner was Jürgen Klopp’s first choice left back last season as Moreno failed to convince the German that he is good enough to start week in week out.
Chris Bascombe indicates that Moreno’s future will have a knock-on effect on Liverpool’s decision to enter the market for a new left-back.
If Moreno leaves, a replacement will be found but if he stays, Jürgen Klopp is said to be happy with the Spaniard as the club’s backup fullback.
On that note, however, Bascombe writes, “given the level of interest and value of Napoli’s opening bid an exit seems most likely.”
Liverpool are on the verge of signing Mohamed Salah with the Egyptian on Merseyside for his medical and will be the club’s second signing of the summer after Dominic Solanke agreed to join the club upon the expiry of his Chelsea contract on July 1st.
A specialist left back and a new centre back are widely believed as being the most important signings for Liverpool to bring in after Salah. If Klopp isn’t looking at a new fullback and is content with James Milner at left back, issues will arise when the Reds compete in the Champions League.
While Milner performed admirably as a makeshift fullback last season, it needs to be a short-term fix and not something that becomes the norm for Liverpool.
Liverpool have had issues at left back for too many years and Klopp needs to put an end to the issue with a new signing this summer.