Thursday 19 April 2018

Real Madrid planning final hour swoop for Liverpool's Alberto Moreno

Bench warmer: Moreno is yet to start a Premier League game for Liverpool this season. Photo: PA
Bench warmer: Moreno is yet to start a Premier League game for Liverpool this season. Photo: PA

It looks as though Real Madrid have finally snapped.

Bored of having their players repeatedly targeted by English clubs all summer—Karim Benzema has been linked to Arsenal since what seems like the dawn of time, whilst Isco and Asier Illarramendi have been the subject of sustained interest from Liverpool—it would appear that Los Blancos are now planning to pinch a player from an English club by way of revenge.

And that player, improbable as it may seem, is Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno. At least according to Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb, anyway.

But when you look into the deal a little closer, it doesn’t seem quite as unlikely as it would initially appear.

For starters, Real Madrid have finally got rid off Fábio Coentrão, the Portuguese left back the club signed for around £22m in 2011, from Benfica. However Coentrão failed to nail down a first team spot, and made just nine league appearances last term. He now joins Monaco, initially on loan.

Real Madrid still have Marcelo, who has been a regular since the 2007/08 season. However, his form has often proved temperamental—and he was initially left out of Dunga’s most recent Brazilian squad—and Madrid are thought to be interested in signing a back-up. Moreno is also four years younger than Marcelo, and could well replace the Brazilian as first choice in the next couple of seasons.

Madrid were very interested in Moreno when he first left Sevilla in 2014, and could now rekindle their interested in the 23 year old. Brendan Rodgers is yet to start Moreno in a Premier League match this season, and could be tempted by a bid from Madrid in excess of the £12 million they initially purchased him for.

The Daily Express also claim that Moreno is keen on a return to his native Spain, especially in the season preceding Euro 2016. Moreno has represented his country three times after being promoted from the U21 set-up, and may stand more chance of catching Vicente del Bosque’s eye if he is playing in La Liga.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have missed out on the signing of French U21 starlet Kingsley Coman, who has left Juventus to join Bayern Munich.

Coman, who is regarded as one of the best young attacking midfielders in Europe, is already racking up quite the impressive roster of clubs, having begun his professional career at PSG before signing a five year deal with Juventus in 2014.

 However, as with the Chile international Arturo Vidal, Juventus were unable to hold off Bayern when they came knocking for their best players. Coman joins the German champions on loan, for a fee of £5m, with a further £16m added in 2017 if they decide to make the move permanent.

“Kingsley Coman is one of the biggest talents in European football,” Bayern sports director Matthias Sammer said in a statement.

“So we are delighted we have been able to sign him for Bayern. Kingsley is quick, technically skilled and an attack-minded player. Hopefully we will benefit from having him at the club.”

Coman himself added that: “I want to take the next step in my career here and play my part in two successful years for FC Bayern," he said.

The news will be a disappointment to Liverpool who, along with Arsenal, reportedly scouted the player at the end of last season.

And, once again, poor old Fabio Borini has been linked with a move away from Anfield.

Firstly, the Daily Star yesterday reported that Sunderland are in “ongoing talks” with the Italian striker, having agreed an £8m transfer with Liverpool. This has moved them ahead of the Italian clubs chasing Borini, the newspaper claims, as they all want to take Borini on loan before offering a transfer fee.

However, the Mirror instead featured a story which suggested that Watford have moved to the front of the queue for Borini, having tabled an offer which first involved taking the player on loan, before making the deal permanent if the striker helped Watford to stay in the Premier League.

Borini began his professional career at Chelsea, but failed to ever find the net for the club. He scored 6 goals in 9 Championship appearances whilst on loan at Swansea, however, and later scored 7 Premier League goals for Sunderland, whilst on loan from Liverpool.

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