Reports broke yesterday that Liverpool had had an offer for the young Spaniard rejected, but that doesn’t seem to have caused the relationship to break down.
Liverpool are expected to complete the deal over the next couple of days as Sevilla hold out for the £7 million price tag they have already put on the player’s head.
Liverpool would be well advised to throw at least £8-10 million at this deal to make it a certainty before other rivals who could poach him away, wake up and realise his potential.
Luis Alberto looks like a very versatile attacking player, which is significant for both him and Brendan Rodgers because it means he has different ways into the team.
Liverpool appear to be going after him as a winger, which is bad news for the likes of Stewart Downing and Raheem Sterling but he can also play in the pocket behind a centre forward.
That’s significant considering the shortage of attacking players Liverpool will have available at the start of next season.
With Luis Suarez banned, and possibly leaving this summer, and Daniel Sturridge possibly nursed through injury rehabilitation at the start of next season, Luis Alberto could easily be used as a striker over the first couple of months.
If he struggles with the pressure of playing in the Liverpool attack then he can be pushed back into the midfield but if it pays off then Liverpool have bagged a superb player for what should be well under the £10 million mark.
The worry here is the money Liverpool are throwing around because we all remember those reports at the back end of last season, which suggested the club only had £20 million to spend this summer.
Well that seems to have been a myth because Iago Aspas cost just under half of that and several sources have said the club will pay between £20-23 million to sign Henrikh Mhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Luis Alberto looks like he could end up being a lot more than Liverpool’s initial bid of £6 million, which means if they have to pay slightly more than that then it’s definitely going to be worth it and a potential profit for them.
His numbers last season in Spain’s second division were absolutely superb; 11 goals and 18 assists.
He seems to be the exact sort of player Brendan Rodgers is looking for at the moment; he’s small, he’s quick, he scores goals and he creates them.
If he can get anything close to those numbers for Liverpool once the season starts then who wouldn’t pay at least £10 million for that?
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