That’s according to El Correo, who claim that the second division team are ‘negotiating’ with Liverpool over a loan deal.
It’s claimed that the talks ‘won’t be easy’ due to the amount of interest in the 22-year-old.
Arroyo joined Liverpool in 2018, but work permit issues have so far meant that he is yet to turn out for the club. He spent last season away at Spanish second tier side CD Mirandes, his fourth different club since arriving at Liverpool.
Awoniyi showing the way
Arroyo’s story mirrors that of fellow journeymen Allan and Taiwo Awoniyi. All three joined Liverpool in the mid-late 2010’s and spent years and years out on-loan.
Thankfully, both Awoniyi and Allan have gone to have successful careers since leaving Liverpool for good.
Brazilian midfielder Allan lifted the league title in his homeland earlier this year. Awoniyi meanwhile has just made his way back to the Premier League with Nottingham Forest, after two excellent years at Union Berlin.
The first of those two years in Germany was his final one on-loan from Liverpool. Having previously taken in spells in Belgium, it was a steady rise up the pyramid for the Nigerian striker.
Steadily moving up the ladder
Awoniyi’s story will lend hope to Arroyo, who must be feeling tossed from pillar to post. Having initially joined Mallorca from Liverpool, he has since played for Mlada Boleslav in the Czech league, Salamanca in the Spanish third division, and CD Mirandes in Spain’s division two.
A move to Alaves wouldn’t be a step higher in terms of league. But having been relegated from La Liga last season, they’ll be one of the favourites to go up.
The hope will be that Arroyo can keep on progressing year-on-year, but he’s virtually certain to never play for his parent club.
Instead, Liverpool will be hoping he impresses enough to earn a permanent move for a decent transfer fee. They have just earned an extra £1.5m or so from Awoniyi’s transfer to Forest. That’s proof that from a business perspective, these kind of deals can work.
However, from the player’s point of view it must be a difficult one to get behind. Fingers crossed Arroyo gets a move that suits him and can become settled sooner rather than later, either at Liverpool or elsewhere.