Liverpool’s Moreno pursuit is dead, says Sevilla chief

Having already made a profit on Ivan Rakitic this summer, the Liga side are under no pressure to sell their star left-back and have hit an impasse with the Anfield outfit
Liverpool are set to miss out on long-term left-back target Alberto Moreno, with Sevilla sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo insisting the defender will not leave the Spanish club.

Brendan Rodgers had been keen to strengthen at full-back, earmarking Europa League winner Moreno as a priority signing, though a deal stalled when los Rojiblancos refused to budge from their £18 million asking price.

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With Liverpool unwilling to match Sevilla’s demands, and with the Liga outfit under no pressure to sell, the Spain international will instead remain in Andalusia, with Verdejo expecting the 21-year-old to develop even further next season and beyond.

“The matter of Alberto is practically settled. We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived,” the Sevilla chief told El Correo del Andalusia.

“It was great offer, but the player is only 21 years old and it’s possible that the catharsis of being with the national team had a positive effect.

“He has a lot of room to grow and the coach is very happy to have him. I don’t think we’ll make a lot of moves, but if on August 14 a club comes along and they give you a mountain of cash, well….I know you don’t like to hear it, but we are economic managers.

“My feeling is that the negotiations are paralysed and I don’t see any hint that they will be restarted. We put a price on our players which we believe to be appropriate. Whoever wants to buy, can buy, and if you can’t.

“Also, with the sale of (Ivan) Rakitic, our needs were covered. We don’t have the burden we had at other times.”