According to reports from Marca, Real Madrid are weighing up a bid for Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno.
The 23-year-old hasn’t always been a guaranteed starter since joining the Anfield ranks from Sevilla in summer 2014. He floated in and out of the side last season and begun the current campaign as second-choice to teenager Joe Gomez.
But the attacking full-back has impressed since reclaiming a starting berth in September – claiming one assist in twelve league appearances whilst averaging 2.8 tackles, 1.8 created chances and 1.6 interceptions per match – and his stock remains high throughout Spanish football, having already represented La Roja three times at senior level and lifted the Europa League title during his final campaign at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Accordingly, Real Madrid have taken an interest in Moreno following an injury to their resident No.3 Marcelo, who was stretchered off after an hour during Los Blancos’ 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in last Saturday’s El Clasico. He could return to action in under a fortnight, but the injury has highlighted a gap in the squad Rafa Benitez failed to address during the summer.
And Spanish publication Marca claim Moreno is being discussed as a potential solution. As a relatively young defender, he’ll be more accepting of a role as Marcelo’s understudy. Perhaps more importantly, he’s not cup-tied in the Champions League.