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Report: Liverpool stand to benefit as 45-assist playmaker nears transfer window exit

Liverpool will benefit if Luis Alberto leaves Lazio in the summer transfer window. Report indicate that could well happen.

This comes from Il Tempo. They claim that Luis Alberto could leave Lazio this summer after six years at the club. The Spaniard appears to be out of the picture under Maurizio Sarri right now – and not for the first time.

That’s despite some decent form over the season, though. Alberto boasts nine assists in Serie A – only four players can claim more. Lazio have certainly been able to count on the playmaker for that, with Alberto providing 45 over his years in the Italian top flight.

But there’s talk of an exit once again, despite the player having a contract until 2025 and claiming around £2.5m per year net. Lazio would almost certainly want a decent fee from any buying club as Alberto hopes to return to Sevilla.

That’s where he started his career, after all, before moving to Liverpool in 2013. And that’s where the Reds come into this. As the club that sold Alberto to Lazio, they stand to receive 20% of any sale.

Liverpool can benefit from Luis Alberto sale

20% isn’t anything to sniff at – a £25m sale nets the Reds £5m, after all. It’s just debatable how likely that truly is right now as Lazio are in a strange position with this.

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They won’t want to sell Alberto cheap, given their strong contract position. On top of that, they’ll want to account for the 20% they lose to Liverpool. It means anyone wanting to sign the Spaniard must pay a premium.

His record over the years suggests he’s worth that premium – but his age doesn’t. Alberto is now 29 and turns 30 in September. No club will invest a significant amount in him.

At the same time, this really is the final time Lazio can expect a decent fee as Alberto’s value will only decline from here. That could force a sale – and secure Liverpool their money this summer. It’s just very difficult to tell how much that could be.

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