Lazio president Claudio Lotito wants to sell Everton target Luis Alberto as a bitter row threatens to escalate at the Stadio Olimpico, according to Citta Celeste.
As recently as the spring, this most silky of Spaniards had Lazio fans dreaming of a first Scudetto crown since the year 2000.
With 17 assists and seven goals from his attacking midfield role, Alberto was the toast of Lazio at the time, one of the most in-form playmakers anywhere in Europe.
According to legendary manager Marcelo Lippi, not even Paul Pogba nor Sergej Milinkovic-Savic couldhold a candle to a defence-splitting dynamo with such ‘great quality’ in his twinkling toes (Tuttomercatoweb).
At the time, Everton were heavily linked with a man who made just a handful of appearances on the other side of Stanley Park for Liverpool, before being sold in a £6 million deal.
But despite signing a new deal until 2025 as recently as September, Alberto’s future at the Stadio Olimpico has suddenly been cast into doubt as a very public spat shows no signs of abating – and Everton are keeping a close eye on things as they develop.
As reported by Citta Celeste, Alberto has been at odds with Lazio for a while now and even spoke out against what he deemed a mismanagement of clubs funds earlier this month. Lazio’s decision to purchase a new jet plane certainly didn’t sit well with the midfielder (La Lazio Siamo Noi).
“We do not discuss the qualities of the player, but his behaviour outside the pitch. Those who disrespect must pay the price,” said sporting director Igli Tare. “Such an episode must not be repeated in the future.”
Citta Celeste report that, while Inzaghi and Tare are keen to give arguably Lazio’s most gifted player a fresh start, the famously head-strong Lotito sees things differently.
Lazio’s owner wants to sell, as he has done for some time – but not for a reduced fee.
Though it is hard to imagine Everton, Juventus or Inter Milan paying £73 million in this market with all three clubs counting the cost of an unprecedented financial situation.
Lotito, then, has a decision to make. Does he consider selling for a reduced fee or try and smooth over a rather unseemly dispute?