Liverpool to sign Spain’s Alberto Moreno in $20 million deal


Sevilla’s Spanish forward Alberto Moreno, right, fights for the ball with Lyon’s French defender Corentin Tolisso. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool has agreed to pay $20 million to sign Sevilla fullback Alberto Moreno, reports say. Per Pro Soccer Talk:

The 22-year-old Spaniard, who made Spain’s initial 30-man World Cup squad but didn’t make the final cut, is set to have a medical and will agree [to] personal terms at Anfield in the coming days. [Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers’ side will pay $20 million for Moreno who has come through the academy at Sevilla and shone over the past two seasons in La Liga.

The team confirmed the signing on Tuesday via a statement on its Web site, but did not disclose any monetary details. It said:

Liverpool can confirm they have reached an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of Spain international full-back Alberto Moreno. The Reds will proceed with the formalities of finalizing the deal for the 22-year-old over the coming days and will make no further announcement until it is complete.

Liverpool’s happy but Moreno might not be. After losing to Real Madrid during a UEFA Super Cup game on Tuesday, Moreno tearfully hugged his teammates goodbye before waving to the crowd that has come to love him over the past two years. Moreno probably won’t stay sad for long, however. The standout soccer player will join a revamped Liverpool club that’s likely to have almost equal amounts of talent on the pitch and the bench. That sounds like the basis of a winning Premier League strategy. Per Bleacher Report:

Liverpool have added much-needed depth to their squad ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. You need only to look at the subs bench from Sunday’s friendly win over Borussia Dortmund to realize that this has been a success. Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen, Rickie Lambert, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique and youngsters Suso and Jordon Ibe were all on Rodgers’ bench. … Whichever way you would pick the first XI for Sunday’s opener against Southampton, Liverpool’s bench will be significantly stronger than it was at any stage of last season.

The Reds also have one less liability after trading embattled striker Luis Suarez for a reported transfer fee of roughly $128.5 million. “I can’t say that I’m sorry to see him go,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore told the BBC today. “…[A]n accident waiting to happen. You are always waiting for the next thing to come along.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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