Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Liverpool agree Aspas deal

Brendan Rodgers has made his second signing of the summer
Brendan Rodgers has made his second signing of the summer

Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.

The transfer, believed to be costing the Reds about £7.7million, will be finalised once the necessary documentation has been completed.

The 25-year-old becomes manager Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the summer, having already brought in Manchester City centre-back Kolo Toure on a free transfer.

Liverpool have been tracking Aspas for some time and the move has been in the pipeline for the last few weeks.

Celta Vigo's successful fight against relegation from the Primera Division on the final day of the season earlier this month held up progress. Once their future was secured the Reds were able to advance the deal, although it took slightly longer than expected because of complications at the Spanish end.

Aspas, who scored 12 goals in 34 league appearances last season, was on Merseyside earlier this week for a medical and once that was completed it was just a question of ironing out some red tape issues with Celta.

The forward was identified as a target this summer before Luis Suarez began publicly courting Real Madrid and was intended to play alongside and not replace the Uruguay international, although that seems increasingly unlikely.

Liverpool are also hopeful a deal can be done for Sevilla youngster Luis Alberto. The 20-year-old has been on loan at Barcelona B but Thursday was the deadline for the Catalan club to offer the midfielder a permanent contract.

Having tracked the youngster's progress and made it clear to his parent club they are interested in a deal Liverpool are optimistic they can add the promising talent to their ranks.

Rodgers is keen to get as much of his business done as quickly as possible and they have made a move to bring in Sporting Lisbon's 20-year-old defender Tiago Ilori while attempts are being made to secure the services of Schalke centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

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