By Chris Rowland.
Now that Sevilla’s 20 year old star Luis Alberto has visited Dr Zaq’s couch and signed for a reported fee of £6.8m, here’s what we ve found out about the young Spanish starlet (I’m now fluent in Transfer Jargon).
First, that fee. According to the Spanish media, Liverpool will pay £6.8m (€8m) up front, with up to £1.7m (€2m) in variables. Luis Alberto Romero Alconchel spent his first two seasons as a senior with Sevilla’s B team in the third division, and scored 15 goals in his second. He made his first-team La Liga debut on 16th April 2011. He comes from the same Sevilla production line that produced players like Jesus Navas, Sergio Ramos, Reyes and Carlos Marchena.
The highly-rated attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at Barcelona B, where he scored 11 goals and provided 17 assists in 37 games (32 starts). Barcelona had an option to sign him for a total deal of €8m, but having just forked out a goodly portion of Spain’s budget deficit on Neymar, and with young players like Alcantara (maybe bound for Old Trafford), Tello, Cuenca and the highly rated Gerard Delofeu unable to find a regular first team place, there was no pressing need for them to sign Alberto.
What sort of player are we getting?
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