Alberto Moreno
Liverpool have upped the transfer ante in their chase for Alberto Moreno           Reuters

Liverpool are set to launch a final £16m plus add-on fees to complete the signing of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, reports in Spain claim.

The Spaniard's move to Liverpool has become one of the most exciting transfer soap operas of the summer.

He was close to joining Liverpool earlier in the summer when reports claimed the deal was all but done – as the Reds had even agreed a five-year deal with the player worth £1.2m a season and he was set to make the trip to Melwood to undergo his medical.

However, the deal foundered at the last minute after Sevilla demanded around £18m for the defender way above Liverpool's £13.5m valuation.

Recent reports claimed the Merseysiders had even given up on the Spaniard, having earmarked Swansea's Ben Davies as an alternative.

However, Spanish newspaper Marca says Rodgers regards Moreno as his priority purchase to bolster the left-back and that Liverpool are now set to relaunch a final bid for his services.

The Reds have been alerted they are about to lose out on his services after Atletico recently launched a counter £12m bid to secure the Sevilla left-back to replace Filipe Luis – including Javier Manquillo and Leo Baptistao as part of the deal.

Rodgers' response, according to Marca, has been swift with the Reds set to launch a fresh final £16m offer plus £1.6 in add-on fees to outbid Atletico and finalise the deal.

Marca claims that should Liverpool really launch this offer Sevilla will be likely to part ways with him as it will almost match their £18m valuation.

Indeed, Sevilla boss Unai Emery claimed the club were considering other alternatives if they sold the left-back to Liverpool.

"If something comes up during the transfer market, we are prepared for any eventuality. I see him as a Sevillista, and hopefully he will stay at Sevilla We count on him, I hope to improve Alberto, he took a major leap and we have to work with him to help him to continue to improve," Emery said.

Furthermore, Marca maintains the relationship between the clubs are excellent after the Reds sent Iago Aspas on loan to the La Liga side.