By Will Butcher
Liverpool are in talks to sell playmaker Luis Alberto to Valencia, according to a report.
The Reds have reportedly knocked back offers from Watford and Sevilla for the 23-year-old after slapping a £5million price tag on him.
Spanish newspaper Plaza Deportiva now claim La Liga big hitters Valencia have tabled a £2.6million bid for Alberto and are close to striking an agreement with Liverpool.
The Liverpool Echo had claimed earlier this month that Championship giants Aston Villa were also interested in the attacker, who can play behind the striker or out wide.
The versatile attacker has struggled to make a breakthrough at Anfield, after signing in 2013. He has made just 12 appearances in league and cup encounters for the Merseyside club, following his £6.8million move.
The former Malaga player spent last season on loan at Deportivo where he scored six goals and provided eight assists in 31 games across all competitions.
It is understood that despite returning to Melwood for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season, Alberto failed to impress Jurgen Klopp and was subsequently left out of the Merseyiders tour of America, leaving the door open for a move away from the club this summer.
With just two years left on his Anfield deal, Alberto is set to move to back to his home country permanently and putting his Liverpool disappointment behind him.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this Italian side are reportedly close to signing Mario Balotelli.