Liverpool are refusing to pay a paltry sum of €2m to Sevilla and are on the verge of jeopardising the deal for Alberto Moreno. What should have been a ‘done deal’ by now, is now been delayed, as Liverpool feel they’re paying over the odds for Moreno.
After being omitted from Spain’s final squad for the World Cup in Brazil, Moreno went on holidays with his partner, but not too far from Sevilla so that he could react promptly in case a call comes and he has to fly to England, as well as to attend the marriage of his friend Luis Alberto, who has told him great things about Liverpool and Anfield during the celebration.
Moreno refused to comment on his future but it was becoming increasingly clear that he future probably lies with the Merseyside giants. He was told before going on holidays that the two clubs had reached a verbal agreement and all that was left was for him is to take a plane to Liverpool to pass the medical.
So far, so good. The agreement between Sevilla and Liverpool was reached pretty quickly, through a third party. It was basically a case of Sevilla setting a price and Liverpool accepting to meet it – €20m plus some bonuses.
While Liverpool agreed to meet the principle amount, it is the bonus clauses that gave birth to conflict. According to Estadio Deportivo, it is around €2m, depending on Liverpool reaching certain goals.
Sevilla wanted a lot of the transfer fee to be paid in advance but Liverpool, who are not even sure if they’re overpaying, didn’t agree to that. In fact, both Moreno’s last two matches (Europa League final and Spain vs Bolivia) as well as him not being called by Del Bosque for the World Cup have cast some doubts on Liverpool regarding the transfer.
However, Sevilla camp are optimistic that the deal is likely to go through, as Brendan Rodgers desperately need a top left-back in the summer. Negotiations had reached an advanced stage and it shouldn’t be a problem to come to a definite conclusion, however, the bizarre nature of transfer window tells us, expect every turn of events, unless the deal is done, that is club confirms the signing.