Suggestions that Alberto Moreno has been shortlisted as a transfer target by Barcelona have been played down by the Spanish media.
With Lucas Digne having made the switch to Everton in the summer, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is looking at strengthening his left-back options and Moreno’s name appeared to have been thrown into the hat along with Valencia’s José Luis Gayà and PSG’s Juan Bernat.
However, the primary target appears to be Lyon’s highly-rated defender Ferland Mendy. Gayà and Bernat are exceptional players so seeing Moreno’s name mooted as a possible fallback option certainly sounds a bit far-fetched so the denials that have now emerged don’t come as a surprise to us.
The Spanish media also report that Barcelona won’t be making a move for any left-back during the January window.
Moreno (26) would be allowed to leave Anfield if a decent cash offer was tabled by another club. He’s used mainly as cover by Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool supporters wouldn’t shed a tear if he was moved out.
A switch to the Nou Camp sounds unlikely but we expect Liverpool will try and move him out again next summer.
Moreno was signed by Brendan Rodgers from Sevilla in August 2014 in a deal worth £12 million. At the time, Moreno said: “Liverpool are the best club in England and I couldn’t waste an opportunity to come and play for them.”