The Mersey-side sold 4 years ago Luis Alberto to Lazio in 2016. They may receive a bonus as per clause
Liverpool is having the time of their lives. It seems that every decision Klopp makes works wonders for the Reds. Klopp has taken the club to European and domestic glory. Here is another deal that works out in Liverpool’s favor. Luis Alberto was brought in by Brendan Rogers in 2014. After just 9 appearances he was sent on loan to La Liga clubs Malaga and Deportivo.
In 2016 Alberto went on to join Lazio for a fee of 4.3 million. A pretty good bargain on Lazio’s end it would seem.
What is the sell-on clause, how do Liverpool benefit?
The “Sell-On” clause, a part of FIFA rules allows small teams to benefit once their biggest prospects depart. According to the clause, suppose a player is sold to another team. Then that team goes on to sell the player for a higher price than they paid for him. As per the clause the team who makes more money has to pay a percentage to the team they bought the player from. The amount of money is decided by the percentage figure included in the player’s contract with his new club. It also depends on the increase in the player’s transfer value.
Alberto has adjusted to life in Serie A and has proved to be a success as a regular starter for Lazio. He helped them win the Supercopa Italiana in the 2017-18 season. He has 4 assists and 13 goals in 25 appearances and is in blasting form. Alberto has developed a lot with Lazio. He is emerging as a growing prospect to look out for in the coming years.
Juventus and Everton on lookout
Irrespective of his next destination, a departure from Lazio would land Liverpool a payday. The Anfield top brass included a 30% sell-on clause, negotiated during the transfer. Alberto’s value has gone up to 60 million which is almost 15 times to what Lazio paid for him.
Juventus were impressed with his performance against their 3-1 defeat to Lazio and a move is on the cards. The move would be double-edged as it would also weaker their rival club Lazio. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelloti has also shown interest in the player. Everton is looking at options to bolster their midfield and Alberto is among them.
In any case, if Alberto makes a move Liverpool could gain up to 20 million or more. If the player decides to move in the future Liverpool could end up earning more. Anyway, it’s a win-win situation for the Reds.
Alberto’s opinion on a possible move.
Lazio has already rejected a 26 million from Sevilla for the Spaniard. The club considers Alberto as a key part of their future and is determined to hold onto him. Alberto’s agent also has stated that the player wants to stay at Lazio. The club has helped him develop a lot and he has no desire to leave.