According to David Maddock of the Mirror, Arsenal are thinking about swooping in for Liverpool’s Aberto Moreno.
Moreno arrived to Anfield in 2014 from Sevilla, where he had worked with the current Arsenal manager Unai Emery. He was a part of Brendan Rodgers’ ultimately failed attempt at rebuilding the squad at Liverpool following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. By the end of his first season there and subsequently Rodgers’ tenure four months later, Moreno had lost his place in the starting XI.
Even though Jurgen Klopp upon his arrival gave him the rest of the 2015/16 to prove his worth, it was exactly at the Emirates where his hopes faded after Liverpool bested Wenger’s men in the 2016/17 opener by 3-4. It was an exciting game, but Moreno’s performance was so poor that Klopp benched him for the rest of the season, preferring midfielder James Milner on the left defensive flank. Moreno was, however, given another shot at the start of last season, but after several very good performances, an injury opened the door for newcomer Andy Robertson and Liverpool never looked back.
Moreno now finds himself in a tough spot, having an excellent performer ahead of him in the pecking order, and with his current deal expiring next month, he has so far been reluctant to put his signature on a new one. It seems Klopp would like to keep him as a squad player, but Moreno wants more than that.
He has been linked with Barcelona in the recent months. The Catalan giants are reportedly on a lookout for a backup option for the undisputed first choice Jordi Alba. However, it’s questionable if the 26-year-old would agree to a move to Camp Nou only to find himself in a same fix as at Liverpool.
As for the Gunners, it’s a slightly different situation, unfortunately. Nacho Monreal has so far been an ever-present in the starting XI, and Emery has seemingly lost all faith in Sead Kolasinac. But with Monreal being 32 and himself linked with a move to Barcelona, Moreno would perhaps fancy his chances of displacing him slightly more than Robertson or Alba. Having worked with Emery already and achieved certain success (the 2014 Europa League), he might feel his former boss would attempt to get more out of him than Klopp or Valverde.
However, the Premier League has known Alberto Moreno as inconsistent and error-prone, and quite apart from Robertson’s surprising rise and prominence, there is a perfectly good reason why his prospect at Anfield is looking bleak.
Of course, these transfer rumours often prove inaccurate, but if there is truth in this one, let’s hope Emery truly knows what he’s doing.