Transfer news: Sevilla confirm Liverpool interest in Alberto Moreno
Sevilla president Jose Castro has confirmed Liverpool's interest in Spanish international full-back Alberto Moreno.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 03/06/14 6:23pm
Moreno is being strongly linked with a move away from the club this summer, along with midfield star Ivan Rakitic.
It has long been suggested that Liverpool are in pole position to land 21-year-old Moreno - who has just missed out on a place in Spain's World Cup squad.
And Castro has now admitted that Liverpool are indeed interested in taking Moreno.
"It's true that there's interest from Liverpool and we're waiting to see if that turns into a reality, which right now, it isn't," Castro told the club's television channel.
Castro insists that the club will not be forced to sell Moreno or Rakitic cheaply, and has denied ongoing reports that the club need to sell in order to bolster their finances.
He said: "What I'm clear about is that we'll not force anyone to stay at Sevilla.
"Whoever wants to leave can do so, but we'll be the ones setting the prices.
"This club is experiencing a time of economic stability and we don't need to sell.
"We're going to be firm about this and we'll only consider selling outside the market, which gives us the opportunity to make our team competitive."
On Rakitic, he confirmed talks were ongoing over a new deal - despite the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and champions Atletico Madrid all reportedly readying offers for the Croatian.
But Castro did admit to being 'frustrated' with Rakitic over the fact he is yet to sign his deal.
"The contract renewal offer to Rakitic is really important to us, as a part of our budget for the next season. We want Rakitic to stay so that the team remains powerful, we really want him to stay," he continued.
"Rakitic still has a year left on his contract and we'll have to analyse what comes. The truth of the matter is that many months have gone by, since we reached an agreement with him and he's still not signed. We're frustrated about that and I am particularly."