Liverpool have been informed that Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto will be available for a sum of £8m, which is more than Brendan Rodgers' valuation of the 20-year-old, according to talkSPORT. The Reds are prepared to pay up to £5m for the player but Sevilla are unwilling to let him go for anything less than the reported fee.
The midfielder, who can also play as a forward, was on loan to Barcelona's B-side last season. The Spanish giants have first option to sign the midfielder in the summer. However, the Catalans are yet to make a bid for him but have until the 15 June to exercise their option. Rodgers is reportedly keen to have his transfer business concluded early this season and wants to land the player by next week. Negotiations are still on course for the player, but the report states that Liverpool are in pole position to complete a move for the Spain Under-21 international.
Alberto has made 23 appearances for the Barcelona's second side this season, scoring 11 goals in the process. The Liverpool manager is looking to bolster his attack and has previously revealed he is looking to bring in one or two attack-minded players to boost his team's chances to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Souness on Suarez
Graeme Souness believes that Liverpool should do everything in their power to convince Luis Suarez to stay at the club, failing which they will find it extremely difficult to qualify for the Champions League next season. The forward has revealed he wants to leave the club in the summer and is reported to have agreed personal terms with Real Madrid, according to the Marca.
"It is upsetting for Liverpool supporters as he this year has been a star, his goals have been vital. Going forward, they want to get themselves into the Champions League again and that would be doubly difficult if they did not have Luis Suarez. I find it a wee bit strange that he is complaining about the press because at the end of the day he has got to look at himself, he has brought it on himself what he has been involved in - but there is no getting away from it, he is a star and Liverpool have got to keep him," he told Sky Sports.