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Liverpool FC chase the signature of Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno

"It's true that there's interest from Liverpool and we're waiting to see if that turns into a reality"

Brendan Rodgers keen on landing the 21-year-old Sevilla defender

Liverpool made their first summer signing on Monday when acquiring the services of Rickie Lambert, with the Merseyside club set to engage in several more transfers and that could include Alberto Moreno.

Moreno has been linked with a move away from Sevilla this summer, with midfield star Ivan Rakitic also set to up sticks as the Spanish club allow their best players to leave the club once again.

The club president Jose Castro will allow Moreno to leave with his blessing providing that Liverpool meet the player’s asking price, with £16 million thought to be enough to snare his services.

“It’s true that there’s interest from Liverpool and we’re waiting to see if that turns into a reality, which right now, it isn’t,” Castro told the club’s television channel.

He said: “What I’m clear about is that we’ll not force anyone to stay at Sevilla.

“Whoever wants to leave can do so, but we’ll be the ones setting the prices.

“This club is experiencing a time of economic stability and we don’t need to sell.

“We’re going to be firm about this and we’ll only consider selling outside the market, which gives us the opportunity to make our team competitive.”

Rakitic may yet stay at Sevilla although reported interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Spanish champions Atletico Madrid could yet see the player leave for pastures new.

“The contract renewal offer to Rakitic is really important to us, as a part of our budget for the next season. We want Rakitic to stay so that the team remains powerful, we really want him to stay,” Castro continued.

“Rakitic still has a year left on his contract and we’ll have to analyse what comes. The truth of the matter is that many months have gone by, since we reached an agreement with him and he’s still not signed. We’re frustrated about that and I am particularly.”

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