6 Jul 2016

'There’s an offer': Boss confirms contact with Liverpool over 'quality' £7m attacker. Transfer 'negotiations' imminent?

After a year on-loan at Deportivo La Coruna, 'adventurous' Luis Alberto has returned to Anfield for pre-season training, but his return may be short-lived as Lverpool are reportedly open to offers for the Spanish attacker.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Liverpool will consider offers for Luis Alberto [and] will demand a fee of at least £7m".

Sevilla have already made an offer for Alberto, and the club's Sporting Director confirmed this on Tuesday:

"Luis Alberto? There’s an offer and we’re evaluating it. Negotiations haven’t started. He has features valid to the game we have".

Alberto cost Liverpool £6.8m in 2013, so it'll be good business if the club can make its money back.

Alberto's stats for Deportivo La Coruna last season:

* 6 goals/8 assists in 31 games (One every 152 mins).

* Averaged 71 minutes of playing time per game.

* 31 chances created (1 every 68 minutes)

* Three separate injuries (Thigh, achilles, and groin). 74 days out injured. 11 games missed.

A decent creative return, but not enough to break into Liverpool's starting line-up. It might be enough to achieve regular bench duty next season, but at the age of 23, Alberto needs to be playing regular first-team football, and he's more likely to get that at Sevilla.

Additionally, Alberto's best position is central attacking midfielder (i.e. number-10), and that's the role he's played most often for Deportivo. With Coutinho, Lallana, and Firmino, Liverpool are oversubscribed in that position, which will make it even harder for Alberto to get regular game time (Just ask Teixeira!).

In my view, staying at Liverpool is tantamount to career suicide.


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