Danny Ings, Rhian Brewster and Ryan Kent are among those who could make millions for the Reds – on top of the around £ 50million they’ve already earned at Liverpool in transfer fees between them – but none are likely. to generate as much as Luis Alberto.
The deal that saw him leave for Lazio in a deal worth £ 4.3million plus additions in 2016 did not make the headlines, but now Alberto having turned into a first-class player in Italy, Liverpool could benefit.
In addition to the transfer fee, Liverpool have a 30% sell clause. Costs of just under £ 70million were rumored to be on Alberto’s head earlier this summer. Although this appears to be a speculative assessment, a sale for this amount would net Liverpool over £ 20million.
“Lazio want costs of at least 40 million euros since Liverpool have the sell clause,” Kaustubh Pandey, editor-in-chief of Get Italian Football News, said during a special on Italian football on the Blood Red chain.
“It will not be possible for potential buying clubs to have a swap agreement in this case, as Liverpool have the sell clause.
“A loan deal is not what Lazio want as he is 29 and has a contract until 2025 which makes the situation more complicated than you might think.
“Alberto recently bought a new house in the middle of Rome, which suggests he might want to stay. He didn’t follow Lazio’s training for three days, but he came on day four.
“Lazio then said they would issue him a hefty fine, but he played a friendly and scored a hat-trick and then it was reported that he now looked happy under Maurizio Sarri.
“Clubs can’t pay the full amount Lazio will insist on with their contract until 2025, and Lazio will want to get as much as possible from the transfer.
“There’s a chance he’ll stay, but if an English club comes calling, maybe [he could leave]. Spanish clubs are also interested. “
Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked with a move to Lazio, possibly replacing Alberto, although Liverpool insist neither club have been in transfer talks yet.
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The Reds valued his head at around £ 12million and would sell if anyone came up with a serious offer.
“A few days ago there was a report that Lazio made an offer well below asking price,” Pandey continued.
“It shows Lazio’s interest in the player and it’s a club that looked for more depth in the squad, but they failed to do so.
“If they get a nice pay for Alberto – and it will be if he leaves – then they will have the funds to bring Shaqiri to the Stadio Olimpico.
“I think he’s the type of player who could really thrive in Serie A.
“When he was at Inter it didn’t go so well, but he’s now at the stage where he doesn’t play too much first-team football at Anfield anyway, and he’s now around his age 30 years old.
“Lazio is a club that could suit him. It could happen, but this is Luis Alberto’s exit. “
For Liverpool, they can only wait and hope that Alberto attracts a big bid from somewhere. This could not only generate a significant sum to add to their coffers, but it could also speed up a deal for Shaqiri.
For now, the two transfers seem to be in play.
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