Sevilla sporting director Monchi has said Liverpool’s initial offer for attacker Luis Alberto is good, but not good enough.
Speaking to the La Liga side’s in-house TV station, Monchi said he expected Liverpool to return with a more attractive offer.
“Luis Alberto is Sevilla’s because Barcelona have not exercised their option to purchase,” he told the Spanish club’s television channel.
“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.” Monchi said Alberto’s spell at Barcelona, for whom he scored 11 goals in the second division, had increased his price.
“I recall that a fuss was made when we loaned him out,” he added. “As it stands, we all agree that he now has a better value in the market and has grown as a footballer.
“Is it a good deal to sell him for the figures they speak of? The offer we have on the table is a very good one with respect to where Luis is currently. We don’t know what will happen in the future. To date, we haven’t accepted the offer.”
By all accounts, Sevilla want £7m for Alberto, so the sides are close enough that this deal should go through.
Want is clear from the rumours linking Liverpool with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Dynamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzsudzsak is that Brendan Rodgers is looking not only for more goals next season, but he wants them spread out more, so the team is no so reliant on one player to score.