Liverpool's hopes of signing Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno have been boosted by the news that the La Liga club are prepared for his departure this summer.
The Reds have been frustrated in their attempts to lure the 21 year old to Anfield, having initially been told to forget signing the Spanish international after both clubs failed to agree on a fee during the first round of negotiations.
However, despite the return to training of Jose Enrique following a long-term knee problem, Liverpool have staged a second attempt to sign Moreno with reports suggesting that managing director Ian Ayre has flown out to Spain to clinch a deal.
And the Premier League runners-up have been handed encouragement ahead of the latest round of talks after Sevilla boss Unai Emery claimed the club have contemplated selling the left-back to Liverpool.
"I see him as a Sevillista, and hopefully he will stay at Sevilla," he said. "We count on him, I hope to improve Alberto, he took a major leap and we have to work with him to help him to continue to improve.
"If something comes up during the transfer market, we are prepared for any eventuality."
An agreement between Sevilla and Liverpool looks likely to edge closer after the pair agreed terms on a loan deal, which will see Iago Aspas return to La Liga just 12 months after moving to Merseyside from Celta Vigo.
Aspas endured a torrid first season at Liverpool after moving to the Premier League, playing second fiddle to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez for much of the campaign, while also suffering injury problems.
"Today Sevilla FC and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement in principle for Iago Aspas," a Sevilla statement read.
"The player will arrive on loan for the 14/15 season with an option to buy. At the end of the season Sevilla FC may exercise a clause to purchase the Galician striker for three years with an option for a fourth.
"The president of Sevilla FC Jose Castro and Ian Ayre, the chief executive of Liverpool have finalised this agreement, which is subject to the Galician footballer passing a medical and the signing of contracts, which have been drafted by both clubs."
Liverpool meanwhile, are expected to confirm their fifth signing of the summer on Tuesday in the form of Lazar Markovic from Benfica after the Serbia international posted images on his Facebook page of him conducting an interview with the club's television channel.