LFC Transfer Round-Up: Aurier for right back and Sevilla confirm Moreno talks

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A round up of the latest Liverpool transfer rumours on Tuesday. 

Liverpool, England - Saturday, March 3, 2007: The Paisley Gateway at Anfield, home of Liveroool FC. The gates are a tribute to England's most successful manager ever, Bob Paisley. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SERGE AURIER

Although Arsenal have been hotly tipped to sign Aurier as a direct replacement for Bacary Sagna this summer, the players agent told French radio station RMC Sport that they had been in talks with another club, thought to be Liverpool.

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The 21-year-old, who is likely to start at right-back for Ivory Coast at the World Cup, is likely to cost around £7m and would be an excellent addition to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Reds are looking to improve on the inconsistent Glen Johnson, whose future remains unclear, and Aurier ticks all the boxes.

His defensive excellence, he’s also very effective going forward, would undoubtedly help shore up Liverpool’s leaky rearguard next season, and he is at an age where he is only going to improve.

It must be stressed, however, that Arsenal remain strong favourites for his signature.

ALBERTO MORENO

Moreno has been one of Liverpool’s biggest transfer targets so far this summer, and Spanish publication Marca reported on Monday that the deal was just hours away from being completed.

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It is believed that Liverpool and Moreno’s current club Sevilla have agreed a fee of £17.7m for the 21-year-old, and the fact he missed out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad means the deal can be done earlier than originally anticipated.

On Tuesday, Sevilla president Jose Castro told their club TV channel: “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.” Watch this space, in other words.

The exciting left-back will add an extra dimension to the Reds’ attacking play, and for all the vast improvement of Jon Flanagan last season, the club need to bring in a player of a higher calibre. Moreno is just that.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

The Echo report that, although Sanchez has been on the radar of Liverpool for the past year, he is not one of their realistic transfer targets.

The 25-year-old Chilean winger has been linked with a move to Anfield through various sources over the last month or so, with Barcelona supposedly planning a summer clear-out and Sanchez being one of those allowed to leave.

There can be doubting that his pace, trickery and eye for the spectacular would have made him an outstanding signing by the club, but it now appears a move is out of the question.

CESC FABREGAS

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 18, 2014: FC Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas in action against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Independent reported on Sunday that the Reds were supposedly leading the race to sign the £30m-rated former Arsenal captain, with the 27-year-old deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

Despite the reported interest, however, the Echo’s Neil Jones took to his twitter account to play down the rumours.

There can be no doubting that the signing of Fabregas would be a huge statement of intent if it did happen. The Spaniard is a world-class footballer on his day, and can play in a variety of midfield positions.

With Chelsea reportedly lining him up as a replacement for the departing Frank Lampard, and fellow big-spenders Manchester City and Manchester United also interested, the chances of the 2010 World Cup-winner moving to Anfield seems highly unlikely though.

ADAM LALLANA

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 1, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against Southampton's captain Adam Lallana during the Premiership match at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While Liverpool’s surprise signing of Rickie Lambert was done and dusted in the space of a few days, a potential deal for his former Southampton teammate Lallana seems to be taking an eternity.

According to BBC Sport, the 26-year-old will request to leave the Saints once he returns from World Cup duty with England, in order to force a move to Anfield.

Liverpool have made a £25m offer for the silky midfielder, but it appears Southampton are not willing to sell Lallana until a replacement for former manager Mauricio Pochettino arrives.

While Lallana would be an excellent addition to the side, bringing goals, creativity and versatility to proceedings, the Reds must be careful they don’t bid too high for him.

There are some top class midfield alternatives throughout Europe, and anything above the current asking price would surely be too much for a player who, realistically, has only had one outstanding season.

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