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Alberto Moreno to Liverpool stalls

Sevilla president Jose Castro has admitted that Alberto Moreno's proposed move to Liverpool has stalled, while saying it might be in the Liga club's interest to hang on to the player for now.

Talks between the clubs over left-back Moreno, 21, have been ongoing for weeks, but the Anfield outfit are apparently unwilling to meet Sevilla's asking price of around 22 million euros.

Tottenham are also reportedly interested in signing Moreno, who has three caps for Spain but was not included in the Roja squad at the current World Cup.

The Sevilla chief told a meeting for club shareholders on Thursday that with midfielder Ivan Rakitic having recently been sold to Barcelona there was no pressure to sell the highly rated youngster, whose value would likely increase over coming seasons.

"About Alberto, it is true that there is a hold-up," Castro said. "There are talks, but if it does not go through then it is not a problem as he is a player with potential and has four years on his contract.

"When another club wants our player, if the price is reasonable we have to sell him, but we will not do it in any other way because the club is financially healthy enough to not sell below the price we set."

Castro also said Sevilla were keen to keep Argentine centre-back Fazio, 27, who is reportedly of interest to a host of English clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.

"We have received no offer [for Fazio] and we expect and want him to be here for a long time," he said. "He still has four years of contract, he signed only recently. Plus he is now the captain."

However, Castro revealed Argentine winger Diego Perotti, 25, is set to complete his move to Serie A side Genoa.

"There are talks with Genoa which are not yet closed," he said. "We hope that deal is done as soon as possible."


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