Deportivo de la Coruna have advanced negotiations with Liverpool FC to secure the services of Tiago Ilori on loan ahead of next season, according to AS. The Spanish publication suggest that the deal could be completed as soon as the Galicians confirm their permanent spot in La Liga, as they are still fighting the relegation battle.
Depor and the Reds have maintained a good relationship, after last summer the Premier League giants already agreed to send them Luis Alberto on loan for the 2015-2016 campaign.
AS reported last month that Galicians would like to extend the spell of Luis Alberto at Riazor for one more season, after the playmaker had enjoyed an impressive campaign, scoring six goals and providing six crucial assists in 26 games. Yet, the Spanish publication then broke news that the Spanish club were also going to ask the Reds for the loan of out-of-favour Ilori, with the hope to replicate Luis Alberto's formula and help the centre-back to resurrect his career in La Liga.
Now AS claims that Deportivo and Liverpool have advanced the negotiations in recent weeks and that the deal could be completed once the Galician secure their place in La Liga ahead of next season.
The Galicians are very close to that target, ahead of their weekend game with struggling team Getafe, who are currently languishing six points clear of the relegation zone and only one away from the 40-point mark, all with just three games remaining.
The La Liga side will need to undergo a big summer overhaul as 11 players of the current squad are on loan from other clubs or will terminate their contracts. The situation is specially delicate in the back-line and they want Ilori after the 23-year-old centre-back made a good impression during his previous spell playing for Granada.
Ilori was recruited by Brendan Rodgers as a prospect for Liverpool in the summer of 2013, after paying around £7m ($10.1m, €8.9m) to Sporting Lisbon to secure his services. Yet, after failing to start any Premier League game for the club during the first part of the 2013-2014 season, he was sent on loan to Granada in the January mercato (transfer season).
The Portuguese defender spent another loan spell at Bordeaux last season, before Liverpool sent him to Aston Villa in the summer, in order to give him some playing time in the Premier League. However, after he failed to make a single appearance during the first-half of the season at Villa Park, Jurgen Klopp called him back in January. But having since made only made three appearances for the club in the FA Cup - alongside a number of fringe players - it looks likely that the Portuguese could again go on loan in the summer.
Klopp has already secured Dejan Lovren, Martin Sktrtel, Mamadou Sakho and promising Joe Gomenz in his ranks while having already secured the services of Joël Matip from Schalke ahead of next season. Furthermore, recent reports in Spain claimed that the Reds are also interested in luring former Arsenal star Thomas Vermaelen back to the Premier League.