Liverpool have completed the signing of Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas on a long-term contract after the paperwork issues surrounding the transfer were sorted out.
The Reds had confirmed that a deal was agreed in principle on June 13, two days after the player underwent a medical at Melwood. The confusion over who was licensed to represent the player in negotiations has now been resolved and the transfer has been completed, subject to international clearance.
"Liverpool Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Iago Aspas, subject to international clearance. The deal with Celta Vigo is now complete and the 25-year-old has penned a long-term contract after passing a medical at Melwood," read a club statement.
Aspas made 34 La Liga appearances for Celta last season, notching 12 goals and seven assists. The 25-year-old, who is understood to have cost the Reds £7.7m, becomes the second Spanish forward to join the ranks at Anfield in the last couple of days, following Sevilla youngster Luis Alberto's arrival.
"The Spanish star can play through the middle or out wide and represents the club's third piece of business this summer following the deal in principle for Man City defender Kolo Toure and the signing this weekend of Luis Alberto from Sevilla," the statement added.
Rodgers Compares Alberto to Coutinho
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight at the capture of Alberto and has drawn comparisons between the Spaniard and Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian, who joined from Inter Milan in January, has impressed during the second half of last season, with three goals and seven assists to his name from 13 Premier League appearances. The manager now expects Alberto to make a similar impact.
"He's another Coutinho-type. We brought in young Philippe Coutinho in January when he was 20 years of age but he had good experience and more importantly fitted the profile of what we're trying to do here and what we're trying to build," the Northern Irishman pointed out.
"Young Luis is exactly the same - a talented, very highly-rated young player when he was at Sevilla, but obviously spent last season at Barcelona B. He's a big talent and one for now that can play. He's got competitive games behind him and is one we see progressing over the next few years. Importantly, he knows the type of game and model we're trying to work in," Rodgers added.