Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are looking to
reinforce the left side of their defence. But, the pockets have been
emptied after the summer purchases, which has forced them to look for
bargain options. Liverpool star Alberto Moreno has emerged as a surprise
Alberto Moreno has had a mixed career so far at Liverpool. Joining from
Sevilla in the summer of 2014 after winning the UEFA Europa League, the
player was expected to don the left flank of the defence for a long while.
But, it has not panned out that way for the Spaniard at Anfield.His errors
ended up costing Liverpool at times, which saw him bear the brunt of the
fans, with the Kop Army jeering the star. While Moreno has found his way
back into Jurgen Klopp’s plans somehow, he is yet to make an appearance
for Liverpool so far in the 2018-19 season. Barcelona are hence, looking to
capitalise on the opportunity.
The Catalans have Jordi Alba for the left flank. But, Lucas Digne has left
for Everton, leaving Alba as the only option at Ernesto Valverde’s
disposal. The Spaniard has also not exactly been lighting up the stage
recently, which is a cause for concern. Barcelona are thus, looking to
shore up their left side.
The Catalans have had their eyes on David Alaba and a couple of other
world-class stars. But, their pockets have been drained by the summer
arrivals of Clement Lenglet, Arthu Melo, Malcom and Arturo Vidal. Barcelona
now do not have much of a budget to delve into in order to reinforce the
left side, which is forcing the club to look for bargain deals.
Two such players are Nacho Monreal and Alberto Moreno. But, the Liverpool
star could be a better option, considering the long-term viability, with
Monreal already 32. Moreno’s contract is up for expiry in the summer,
which means Barcelona can get the player on a free transfer.
Another alternative is lodging an economical bid come January, something
Liverpool will be compelled to consider, with Alberto Moreno eligible to
negotiate a pre-contract with foreign clubs from the upcoming transfer
Alberto Moreno will receive more minutes at Barcelona than Liverpool,
judging by the current condition, with Barcelona short-staffed at the said
position. This looks like a deal that could well be completed by Barcelona
in the summer, if not January.