Liverpool have been sent back to the negotiating table in their pursuit of Sevilla forward Luis Alberto, with the Spanish club saying their initial offer was too low.
Sevilla Director Monchi confirmed the Reds interest in the 21-year-old, but said the club aren’t satisifed with the offer to allow the transfer to be completed just yet.
“There has been interest from Liverpool, we are not going to deny that,” said Monchi to the club’s television channel, and quoted in Spanish newspaper Marca. “The numbers suggest that he is leaving. The player has received an important offer, but at the moment he is a Sevilla player. The first offer the club has is very good, but we are not satisfied yet.”
ESPN report the bid is thought to be in the region of €8million (just under £7million).
Alberto recently revealed Brendan Rodgers’ side’s interest in him, telling press he’d be foolish to turn down an offer to move to Anfield.
Last week the Liverpool Daily Post said Liverpool now had the opportunity to move in for Alberto after Barcelona B, where he spent last season on loan, declined the opportunity to make the move permanent.
Alberto is a product of La Liga side Sevilla, but spent last season on loan to Barcelona ‘B’. The Catalan side had the option to make the move permanent but decided against it – reportedly as Barca have a lot of players in a similar position already. Alberto scored 11 goals and 17 assists in 35 appearances last season.
Alberto is described as being a similar player to Philippe Coutinho, playing mostly as an attacking midfielder.
Alebrto is just one of a number of players being heavily linked with a move to Merseyside this summer.
Having already agreed the transfers of defender Kolo Toure and striker Iago Aspas, Liverpool are also said to be in negotiations for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.