SS Lazio star Luis Alberto has emerged as a potential transfer target for Premier League side Everton. The attacking midfielder had an unforgettable stint with Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool.
Former Liverpool flop now has become an integral part of the Lazio squad. He has been performing at a consistently high level in recent seasons. But a Spanish playmaker recently made a sarcastic comment at the club on twitch platform, which will cost him his place at Stadio Olimpico. January move appears likely, with Il Tempo cited by talkSPORT to Everton.
The 28-year-old Spanish international hits back at the club’s decision to buy a new private plane. He stated that the club has money for buying planes but not for players’ wages. The covid-19 pandemic has affected financially both Serie A and its clubs, many clubs reporting consistent losses.
Lazio had to cut some percentage from the player’s salary during the lockdown. Alberto was referring to his and his teammates’ salary reduction during his twitch video.
His comments on Lazio has put a question over his future at the club, reports suggest that he is up for sale in the January transfer window. There will be plenty of top clubs chasing for his signature if Lazio officially puts him on the transfer list in January. Merseyside Everton are also looking to strengthen their midfield if the right player becomes available at the right price.
Everton interest in Luis Alberto
Everton has plenty of options in midfield, Allan, James Rodriguez, and Abdoulaye Doucoure arrived at Goodison Park in the summer transfer window. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, and Tom Davies are also fighting for places in midfield positions.
But Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a quality playmaker in the January transfer window and Luis Alberto will be perfect for that job. Lazio will be putting a high price tag on Alberto’s value, given their weak financial condition.
Everton started very well in English Premier League this season with 4 wins but lost their form after a 2-2 draw against rivals Liverpool. Since then, they have lost three consecutive league fixtures, most recent at home against Manchester United. They now sit at 7th position with 13 points from opening 8 league fixtures. They are facing Fulham away in their next fixture on Sunday evening, looking for three points.
Luis Alberto and Lazio struggling with off the pitch issues this season
Lazio finished last season at 4th position in Serie A, just 5 points behind champions Juventus. Manager Simone Inzaghi has failed to continue that for this season. Lazio now sits at 9th position with just 11 points from the opening 7 fixtures. They can still finish in top-four this season but are struggling with off the pitch issues.
In the fixture against Torino, Lazio played Covid-19 positive players knowingly, Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva, and Thomas Strakosha. Since then, they are facing an investigation by the Italian football federation for avoiding Covid-19 protocols. All three players missed their next fixture after testing positive again.
Lazio will face severe punishment, probably relegation from Serie A or points reduction if found guilty.