Barcelona look to rival Liverpool and four clubs in race to sign Alfonso Pastor in free transfer
According to AS, Liverpool are now facing competition from Barcelona as well as Real Madrid in a six-way battle for the free transfer of Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor this summer.
Pastor is set to leave the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium when his current contract expires next month, having yet put pen to paper to new terms amid ongoing negotiations.
Sevilla are working to extend the 20-year-old’s time with Julien Lopetegui’s side as Pastor is considered to be one of the jewels in their ranks, having delivered promising performances in the youth set-up as well as the senior fold this season.
Lopetegui handed Pastor his senior debut in the Champions League group stage at home to Chelsea in December and has kept close tabs on the former Spain U17 international, who is the first-choice goalkeeper of Sevilla’s youth side in the Segunda Division.
But his efforts have not gone unnoticed among Spain’s elite sides, with Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid all hopeful of convincing Pastor to join their second teams with the view to making the step up to the senior fold next season after a year training beside them.
Liverpool and Villarreal, too, are considering moves for Pastor should he leave Sevilla as a free agent this summer, with Unai Emery’s La Liga outfit receiving positive reports on the shot-stopper from goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia.
Liverpool and Real Madrid’s interest in Pastor has previously been noted by AS, with the Spanish publication suggesting Klopp’s side likewise envisage the 20-year-old developing into the first-choice option at Anfield given the promising start to his career.
Liverpool’s persistent interest in Pastor’s situation would suggest Klopp’s side are indeed keen to add the Sevilla prospect to their ranks in the summer, but are now a part of a six-way battle for the youngster’s signature and have no distinctive advantage.
All suitors are seemingly set on Pastor spending at least another year as the back-up option, while reports by Estadio Deportivo earlier this month suggested the shot-stopper, they tout as the ‘guardian angel’ of Sevilla’s B-team, wants to remain with the Andalusian outfit.
Liverpool may be able to position a move to Anfield strongly if no solution can be sought in negotiations with Sevilla over a new contract, but will have to continue holding out hope of signing the impressive youngster capable of making vital saves until a decision is made.
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