The speed with which Liverpool are conducting their summer transfer business shows no sign of slowing down.
Following the free transfer of Kolo Toure and the likely arrival of Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas, Brendan Rodgers has reportedly returned to La Liga for Sevilla’s Luis Alberto.
The player was first tipped for a move to Anfield by Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague last month. At the time he referred to the 20-year-old as “a midfielder in the Xavi/Iniesta mould” but the player is also comfortable playing up front.
Alberto spent last season on loan at Barcelona B, where he scored 11 goals and provided 17 assists in 36 games.
And reports from Spanish website Diario de Sevilla suggest the Reds have agreed personal terms with the player, and have offered €8million for his services; although the Spanish club are said to be holding out for closer to €9.5million.
A product of Sevilla’s youth system, Alberto played three seasons for the club’s B team, before making his debut for the first-team in 2011. But it was last season in Spain’s Liga Adelante for Barcelona B that he really came to the fore.
He is said to be a similar player to Philippe Coutinho, which may raise questions as to how both can fit into the same line-up. But conversely, the prospect of having two such naturally-gifted attacking midfielders should leave Reds fans very excited for the season ahead.
Rodgers’ approach to team-building, focusing predominantly on young talent, appears to be leading to a very bright future at Anfield. While previous comments from Spain suggest Alberto may be ready and willing for the move.
“It would be foolish and deluded for me to say no to a club like Liverpool,” he said.
With the Reds keen to tie up their transfer business as soon as possible, focusing predominantly on youth, the frustration felt by fans in some previous transfer windows may be a thing of the past.
Would you like to see Alberto at Anfield? And who would be next on your wish-list?
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