La Liga outfit Sevilla are interested in re-signing Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto from Liverpool this summer.
Alberto joined the Reds from the Seville side in 2013, in a deal worth £6.8 million, but he has failed to settle into life on Merseyside so far.
The 23-year-old has taken in loan spells with Malaga and Deportivo de la Coruna over the past two seasons, and impressed as the latter avoided relegation from the Spanish top flight last term.
His performances for Deportivo have piqued the interest of Sevilla, but according to Goal’s Melissa Reddy, the Red won’t sell for under £7 million.
It has been previously suggested that Jurgen Klopp would welcome Alberto into his first-team squad if Liverpool are unable to secure their desired fee.
But whether the former Barcelona B star would receive any meaningful game time in 2016/17 is another matter entirely, opening up the likelihood of a permanent move away from Anfield.
Reddy reports that “formal talks have not yet materialised,” but with a host of other clubs including Ligue 1 side Nice interested in signing Alberto, Liverpool will stand firm and ask for “upwards of £7 million.”
Alberto has returned to pre-season training at Melwood, alongside his compatriot Alberto Moreno, with the midfielder taking to Instagram on Friday in anticipation of his move back to the city.
He may not stay long, however, with a move away likely; though it may be that Klopp’s so-far failed interest in Udinese talent Piotr Zielinski could impact on negotiations.
Sevilla are also said to be interested in signing Welsh midfielder Joe Allen, but competition from the likes of Swansea City and Watford is likely to hamper any move.
While Alberto would reportedly be open to a move back to Sevilla, he could feature in Liverpool’s first pre-season friendly of the season, away to Tranmere Rovers on Friday night.