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iverpool have hit a brick wall in their attempt to land rising young Spanish star Alberto Moreno.
And that could persuade the Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers to switch his sights to another long-term target, Marcos Rojo.
The defender starred in Argentina's opening game at the World Cup this weekend, but they already know all about the 24-year-old at Anfield having watched him play for Sporting Lisbon for the past 18 months.
Rodgers has targeted Moreno as his number one defensive addition this summer, and after being given the green light to speak to the left-back by his club Sevilla, has agreed - in principle - a five-year deal. But the La Liga side have now begun to play hardball over a fee,.
Reports in Spain suggest negotiations have completely broken down, with Liverpool refusing point-blank to pay an asking price of almost £20million.
With the almost inevitable presence of Tottenham lurking in the background ready to make a counter offer, Rodgers has decided to ensure he has other options in place.
He will not budge beyond £13.5m for exciting 21-year-old Moreno, who recently broke into the Spain squad and is regarded as a bright hope for the future.Rodgers is prepared to offer Spain U21 midfielder Suso as part of the deal, but so far Sevilla are refusing to consider that idea.
If they continue to be so difficult Rodgers will revert to Plan B, with Sporting prepared to listen to offers for Rojo.
Rojo has cemented his place in the Argentina side, and posted notice in their win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday that he is set to become one of stars of Brazil 2014.
Sporting have made clear they would be prepared to listen to offers this summer, and Liverpool believe a player the Portuguese club paid Spartak Moscow just £3.5m for two years ago could be available for around £10m.
Liverpool meanwhile, are close to completing a deal for MK Dons youngster Dele Alli, after being alerted to the 18-year-old's talent by Dons boss and Anfield old boy Karl Robinson.
Alli has been described by former Reds youth coach Robinson as the best young player he's worked with, and will move for around £3m.