Liverpool flop in talks to join European champions in £7m deal - report
By Will Butcher
Europa League winners Sevilla are working hard to bring Liverpool’s Spanish forward Luis Alberto back to the La Liga outfit, according to a report.
Alberto, who spent last season on-loan at Deportivo La Coruna, scored six goals and made eight more in 31 appearances in all competitions.
Spanish website El Desmarque claim that Sevilla’s director of football Monchi is keen on re-signing the 23-year-old for a similar fee that took the Spanish forward to Merseyside three years ago.
Talks are taking place about a £6.8million deal in which Alberto would sign permanently for the Europa League holders, who beat Liverpool in the final in May.
Alberto began his career at Sevilla when he was just 12, and featured heavily for their reserve side before making nine first-team appearances.
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The former Malaga loanee has just one year remaining on his contract at Anfield, and Klopp is looking to cash in on Alberto rather than losing him on a free.
The Spanish under-21 international has made just 12 appearances for Liverpool and has failed to find the back of the net on any occasion.
Alberto, who has also had a spell with Barcelona’s B-team, has fallen down the pecking order even at Liverpool after manager Jurgen Klopp brought in Southampton’s pacy winger Sadio Mane for a fee believed to be in the region of £35million.
It seems Alberto isn’t in Klopp’s plans, after the former Borussia Dortmund manager has been linked with the likes of Lucas Moura, Anderson Talisca and Mario Gotze.
Klopp has also signed goalkeeper Loris Karius and centre-back Joel Matip, as he looks to continue re-shaping his Liverpool side.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has entered the race to sign Newcastle’s Holland international.