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Liverpool FC are determined they won't be drawn into an auction for Alberto Moreno - despite being warned their £16million offer may not be enough to prise the in-demand defender from Sevilla.
The Reds last week tabled the bid for the 21-year-old defender and are prepared to offer Spanish youngster Suso as a makeweight in the deal.
Brendan Rodgers has pinpointed Moreno as the answer to the Reds' left-back berth.
Sevilla president Jose Castro yesterday admitted he will not stand in the way of any player who wants to leave the La Liga side.
But with Moreno attracting attention from a number of other potential suitors - including Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid - the Sevilla president is keen to ramp up the price for the sought-after full-back.
"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," he said.
Castro denied recent suggestions Sevilla's financial position means they need to sell to raise funds. However, he admits the club are prepared to cash in on any player who wants to depart - but only at the right price.
"What I'm clear about is that we'll not force anyone to stay at Sevilla," said Castro.
"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."
Rodgers, though, will refuse to be held to ransom over Moreno, and could turn elsewhere for a new left-back with Granada's Guilherme Siqueira and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand having also been under consideration.
Moreno has enjoyed a fine season, helping Sevilla win the Europa League last month and only narrowly missing out on a place in Spain's World Cup squad.
With Aly Cissokho having returned to Valencia following his season-long loan, Liverpool need another left-back to provide competition to Jose Enrique and ensure greater squad strength given the added demands of Champions League football next term.
Academy graduate Jon Flanagan ended the season at left-back but is more accustomed to playing on the opposite flank.