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Alberto Moreno joined Liverpool in the summer of 2014Getty Images

Real Madrid were offered the chance to secure the services of Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno on Spanish transfer deadline day (31 August), but Rafa Benitez ruled out his arrival, according to AS. The La Liga giants did not complete any deals during the last day of the transfer window, as the proposed double deal with Manchester United involving both David de Gea and Keylor Navas collapsed due to the unavailability of paperwork arriving on time.

Benitez replaced Italian Carlo Ancelotti this summer after Real went a season without silverware, but the former Chelsea and Liverpool gaffer has stayed away from making major overhauls to the squad. The Spanish side made no galactico-style signings during throughout the window, a marked contrast to big-money arrivals of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

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Spanish newspaper AS on Real Madrid's transfer deadline activityAS

Instead, Los Blancos' biggest investments have been Danilo and Mateo Kovačić, who arrive as back-ups for Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric respectively. Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez also returned to the club after buy-back options were exercised following the duo's impressive spells at Porto and Espanyol, respectively. The club also brought Denis Cheryshev back following a loan spell at Kiko Casilla rejoined them from Espanyol to replace Iker Casillas.

Spanish newspaper AS claimed that Real Madrid officials were offered the chance to sign Moreno on deadline day. However, they rejected the move, with Benitez believing he has enough coverage in the left-back area with Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and academy star Nacho.

Moreno moved to the Merseysiders in the summer of 2014 from Sevilla as part of the overhaul conducted by Brendan Rodgers following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. The Spaniard had an impressive start to the life at Anfield but fell out of favour in the second part of the campaign. He has seen his playing time limited this season due to the arrival of Joe Gomez.