“I’m going to Madrid” – that was the message Alberto Moreno relayed to his team mates at Sevilla recently. The Sevilla full-back is the favoured candidate to replace outward-bound Fábio Coentrão this summer and judging by the comments the player has made privately to those in his close circle, it can assumed that the operation won’t suffer any difficulties. The 21-year-old is one of the most promising Spanish players in his position and Madrid consider him to be the perfect solution to share duties on the left flank with Marcelo.
Moreno is under contract with Sevilla until June 2018 with a buy-out clause of 30 million euros. But the Andalucian outfit would be open to offers upward of 18 million and could even be knocked down to a fee of around 15 million. Napoli coach Rafa Benítez is also reported to be interested in the Sevilla left-back but it appears the player himself favours a move to the capital.
Moreno could have joined Real Madrid Castilla on a free transfer last season as AS reported on 13 October 2013. The switch was rejected by Madrid’s scouting chief Paco de Gracia, who felt that Moreno wasn’t at the required level to join the reserves. Coentrao meanwhile, appears set for a move to the Premier League with Manchester United keen on bringing him on board and believed to be ready to make a second bid for the Portugal international. Juventus are also reported to be interested in the unsettled left-back.