Liverpool outcast Luis Alberto nears £6 million Lazio switch after two clubs reach agreement

Liverpool outcast Luis Alberto nears £6 million Lazio switch after two clubs reach agreement

Although Liverpool seem to have done all of their incoming transfer business for the summer, they are continuing with their outgoings - Luis Alberto the latest expected to leave after the Reds agreed a £6 million deal with Lazio for the Spanish midfielder.

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Liverpool have agreed a £6 million deal with Lazio for the sale of misfit Luis Alberto, with the midfielder set to finally bring his unsuccessful spell on Merseyside to an end.

The Spaniard has not played for the Reds since January 2014 and is surplus to requirements after failing to impress under Jürgen Klopp in pre-season, where he failed to make a single appearance.

With several clubs having kept tabs on the midfielder throughout the summer, Lazio have firmed up with an offer which sees Liverpool earn an initial £4.3 million with a further £1.7 million in potential add-ons.

With European qualification thought to be central to those future fees, Liverpool have also sought to protect themselves by including a 30 per-cent sell-on clause in the deal, which was concluded on Monday.

Alberto is expected to be confirmed as a Lazio player before Wednesday's 11pm transfer window deadline, having travelled to Rome to discuss personal terms and complete his medical with the Serie A side.

It brings an inevitable end to a forgettable career at Anfield, since signing from Sevilla for £6.7 million in the summer of 2013.

The 23-year-old made just 12 first-team appearances, despite impressing and scoring a hattrick against Sunderland at Under-21 level, and was resigned to the bench for the second-half of the season as Brendan Rodgers' side challenged for the title.

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The following season, he was sent back on loan to his home country with La Liga's Malaga - but made just 20 appearances over the course of the season, scoring twice.

Alberto in action for Deportivo against Real Madrid last season. (Picture: Getty Images)
Alberto in action for Deportivo against Real Madrid last season. (Picture: Getty Images)

He enjoyed a more profitable temporary spell with Deportivo La Coruna last term, scoring six goals and adding eight assists in 31 appearances.

His displays convinced Liverpool that they could recoup the fee that they paid to sign Alberto three years ago, with former club Sevilla one of several clubs watching him.

But they refused to meet his asking price, reportedly suggesting they would only pay up to £2 million, and withdrew their interest after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement.

A forgotten figure on Merseyside - with no inclusion in any of the Reds' pre-season fixtures and few, if any, glimpses of him in training - it was always expected that Alberto would be moved on.

Championship sides Wolverhampton WanderersQueens Park Rangers and Aston Villa were all then linked with moves earlier in August, but Lazio appear his next destination with a conclusion to the deal imminent.

Should the add-ons in the deal be eventually exercised, then coupled with the loan fees Liverpool have received, it would mean they have near made their money back on the player despite his failed signing.

Still a talented young player, having once starred for Barcelona B on loan earlier in his career, Alberto will hope the slower pace of Italian football can hope to reignite his career.