Luis Alberto has 10 goals and 18 assists for Lazio this season
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Barcelona are preparing a shock summer move for Liverpool flop Luis Alberto, according to reports in Italy.
Liverpool signed the midfielder from Sevilla in 2013 but he failed to start a single Premier League game in three years at Anfield.
However, he has blossomed since leaving Merseyside for Lazio in August 2016, and has particularly impressed this season with 10 goals and 18 assists for the Italian side.
The 25-year-old's consistent form has not gone unnoticed to visiting scouts and now Alberto is reportedly a key target for Barcelona.
The Nou Camp giants are still on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, who is expected to leave the club this summer.
And Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that they have put Alberto right at the top of their wish list.
Barca scouts are said to have checked in on him during Sunday's Rome derby at the Stadio Olimpico, during which he played the last 30 minutes of a 0-0 draw.
Alberto is actually no stranger to the Catalan club, having spent a year on loan with their B team between 2012 and 2013.
Barca decided against signing him permanently back then, having scored 11 goals, but it looks as though they may finally make their move for him five years later.
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