Monday, 2nd June, 2014
Malaga are in advanced negotiations to sign Luis Alberto after Liverpool agreed the Spanish youngster can spend next season on loan away from Anfield.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers swooped to snap up the young winger-cum-forward from Sevilla last summer, sending £6.8m to Los Rojiblancos to secure the services of the Spain Under-21 international.
Rodgers had hoped that Alberto would flourish at Anfield, but the 21-year-old has found pushing his way into the first team a tough ask and, with the situation not likely to improve in the coming season, a change of scenery is on the agenda.
Life has been little better off the pitch on Merseyside for Alberto either, with the youngster banned for 12 months for drink-driving in April this year, a £1,500 fine also being slapped down as further punishment.
The Spaniard, who spent the 2012/13 campaign on loan with Barcelona B, recently met with Liverpool officials and it was agreed he will head out on loan for 2014/15, with the understanding he must clock up minutes on the pitch.
Alberto favours a return to the familiar surroundings of Spanish football and according to Seville-based daily Estadio Deportivo, he is set to have his wish granted.
La Liga outfit Malaga are leading the charge for the forward and are in advanced talks to take him to the La Rosaleda.
Close to Alberto's Seville home, Malaga are viewed as the perfect option for the young Spaniard to rediscover his form and continue his development.
It remains to be seen whether Malaga, who finished in eleventh spot in La Liga last season, have pushed to insert a purchase option in the loan agreement with Liverpool.