Liverpool: Reds Make Opening Alberto Bid
***Bid Rejected*** Sevilla admit Liverpool have made a 'good' offer for Luis Alberto but they want more...
Liverpool's pursuit of Spanish forward Luis Alberto appears to have stepped up a gear after Sevilla's sporting director Ramon Verdejo admitted an offer had been received.
Verdejo told the club's official TV station: "Interest from Liverpool is real but nothing is signed. The player has received an important offer, but at the moment he is a Sevilla player.
"The first offer the club has is very good, but we are not satisfied yet."
A host of media outlets, including The Independent and ITV, suggest the Spaniards are holding out for £7million.
The Reds are believed to have offered £6million.
The Reds are close to bringing Sevilla youngster Luis Alberto to Anfield according to sources in Spain...
Reports on the continent suggest Spanish U21 international Luis Alberto is nearing a switch from Sevilla to Liverpool.
The 20-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Barcelona's B team but with the Catalan's unlikely to pursue a permanent deal Liverpool are apparently set to capitalise.
His record last season for the Segunda Division side was impressive; 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games (32 starts).
Alberto made seven first team appearances for Sevilla before his temporary switch to Barca and he also has caps for Spain at U18 and U19 level.
The player, who Sevilla were originally expected to keep but will consider selling due to their ongoing financial problems, seemingly welcomes the prospect of a move to Anfield.
"It would be foolish and deluded for me to say no to a club like Liverpool," Alberto is quoted as saying over the weekend.
Local Spanish newspaper Diario de Sevilla go as far as suggesting Liverpool have already agreed personal terms, via representatives, on a four-year contract with the forward.
Now it is for the two clubs to come to an agreement with the La Liga outfit thought to be looking for as much as £8million (€9.5million).
The Daily Mail suggest Liverpool's opening bid is around £5million and that a compromise could be reached quickly if the Merseysiders improve the add-ons included in the offer.
As a player, Alberto is equally adept at operating from a central position behind a main striker or down the wings. He is noted for his skill, technique and awareness.
The attacker certainly fits the mould of a player Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group, particularly under current boss Brendan Rodgers, would generally look to acquire. He is young, talented, versatile and potentially a valuable financial asset should his ability be fully realised in future seasons. It is interesting that all the current attention seems to be on attacking reinforcements given the season ended with our defence being the priority. Should the Spaniard be acquired it is probably with an eye on the future as opposed to any kind of immediate impact or as a replacement for want-away star Luis Suarez. Whatever the thinking, with the likes of Spanish football expert Guillem Balague muting the deal several weeks ago, Luis Alberto to Liverpool is a transfer that increasingly looks like happening.
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