Alberto Moreno
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Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno is set to reject an approach from Liverpool this summer to move to Real Madrid, reports in Spain claim.

The 21-year-old has excelled in La Liga this season, garnering a reputation as one of the most gifted left-backs around Europe and was named in Spain's 30-man preliminary squad to go to the World Cup ahead of Arsenal's Nacho Monreal.

Recent reports claimed that Brendan Rodgers has earmarked him as one of the club's top priorities for the summer but Spanish newspaper Marca claims the Spaniard would prefer a move to Real Madrid instead.

Marca claims that Moreno has a close relationship with Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos and understands that Fabio Coentrao may leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer - even though the Portuguese defender has forced his way into Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up ahead of Marcelo in recent months.

Rafa Benitez also tried to bring Moreno to Napoli during the January transfer window while Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have been monitoring his situation for some time – with the Reds sending scouts to Seville on a number of occasions this season.

Indeed, Sevilla president Pepe Castro revealed last month the club had received an offer from a Premier League side during the January transfer window.

"Last December we rejected an important offer from a Premier League side for Alberto Moreno. There are many clubs tracking him weekly," said Castro.

"In December we understood that it was not the right moment to sell him. But if we received a very good offer for him we will consider his exit."

"I believe that he is young and he is going to have a very successful career. And I hope he stays at Sevilla but if we received an amazing offer he will leave."

According to reports in Spain the defender is expected to be available for a fee in the region of £15m.