Liverpool have continued to bolster their squad for the upcoming season, after completing the signing of Sevilla forward Luis Alberto on a long-term deal for a fee understood to be £6.8m.
Alberto, 20, is a Spanish Under-21 international, he had been on loan at Barcelona B but the Spanish champions decided against taking Alberto on permenantly, thus allowing Liverpool to step in.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said, “He has the correct footballing profile and mentality to be a Liverpool player. I look forward to working with him to develop his talent.”
So what we do know about Luis Alberto? Well Alberto made his debut for Sevilla at the tender age of 18 in April 2011, but that was one of a mere seven first team appearances he made for the Spanish club.
The former Under-18 and Under-19 Spanish international played 38 times for Barcelona B last season and scored 11 goals.
Alberto isn’t the only man making his way to Anfield, Simon Mignolet is also set to join next week, after Liverpool completed a £9m move for the Sunderland goalkeeper. Mignolet is expected on Merseyside in the next few days to undergo a medical and complete the formal arrangements of the deal.
Liverpool have already signed Kolo Toure from Manchester City on a free transfer and have a £6.7m deal agreed for Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas which will go through once the paperwork has been finalised.
Rodgers isn’t done there! The Reds Boss is also progressing to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the deal will not be swift due to competition from a several European clubs. Mkhitaryan also has a £20m release clause on his contract which Liverpool are willing to meet in order to reinforce their midfield.
There are lots of developments at Anfield as Liverpool make significant signings in preperation for the upcoming season, a season in which the Reds are expected to challenge for the top 4 and through these signings Liverpool appear to be definatley sending that message.