Both top-flights heavyweights are desperate to land a new left-sided full back for the next campaign.
Liverpool have now joined both Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to land coveted Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno at the end of this season.
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The Merseyside giants’ head coach Brendan Rodgers has made the purchase of a new left-sided full his absolute number one priority for when the transfer window reopens again this summer.
The Northern Irishman has so far tried out a number of different options in that problem position at Anfield in this campaign, starting off proceedings with first choice Jose Enrique in the role.
However, when the reliable, if slightly unspectacular, Spaniard then suffered a serious knee injury in November that subsequently required the defender to undergo surgery, Rodgers was then forced to try out young England Under-21 international John Flanagan in Enrique’s position.
Not only that, but the Reds have since been using on-loan France left wing back Aly Cissokho in the position after Flanagan picked up a hamstring injury just after Christmas, all of which has now forced Rodgers to scour the market on the Continent for a permanent solution to this problem area at Anfield.
In order to find the right player though, Rodgers and the club’s transfer committee have called upon their network of scouts across Europe to come up with a list of possible targets for the club to go after this summer.
And top of that wish list is understood to be the name of Sevilla’s highly rated Spain international, a player that has also been attracting the attentions of the likes of Premier League champions United and Uefa Europa League holders Chelsea too of late with both those two giants also known to be on the look out for a new left back for next season.
Moreno made his full debut for the world and European champions back in October and despite having only won two caps for La Roja, the 21-year-old is still set to go to this summer’s Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil with the defending champions.
And that is why it is thought that Liverpool are eager to do a deal for Moreno before that tournament gets under way in June, with the club concerned that demand for the Spaniard will increase if he shines in South America this summer, while his price will also then rocket skywards as a result.
However, with a contract in Southern Spain that currently runs until June 2018, Liverpool may have to fork out a sum somewhere in the region of £20m in order to land the full back.