Liverpool have scrapped talks with Sevilla for Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno.
Brendan Rodgers was hoping to make Moreno his third summer signing after an impressive campaign for the player in his breakthrough year.
But Rodgers and Liverpool have both been left frustrated in their efforts to secure any deal for the defender, with Sevilla unwilling to part ways with Moreno.
Sevilla have demanded they want at least £20m for their player, but Liverpool had believed that their bid of £16.2m should have been good enough.
And the Spanish club’s sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo has now confirmed negotiations between the clubs are at an end.
“The matter of Alberto is practically settled. We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived,” Verdejo told El Correo del Andalusia.
“It was great offer, but the player is only 21-years-old and it’s possible that the catharsis of being with the national team had a positive effect.
“He has a lot of room to grow and the coach is very happy to have him.”
“I don’t think we’ll make a lot of moves, but if on August 14 a club comes along and they give you a mountain of cash, well….”
“I know you don’t like to hear it, but we are economic managers.”
“My feeling is that the negotiations are paralyzed and I don’t see any hint that they will be restarted.”
By Ollie Brown