Liverpool have officially confirmed the signing of 20 year old Sevilla forward Luis Alberto in a deal that is thought to have cost the Anfield side around £6.8m.
Alberto has passed his medical and signed a long term contract and is the club’s second summer signing, with Kolo Toure brought in from Man City and with Iago Aspas thought to be certain to join from Celta Vigo with a deal agreed ‘in principal’.
Speaking of the signing Brendan Rodgers stated;
“We are all delighted that Luis has decided to join Liverpool.
“He has the correct footballing profile and mentality to be a Liverpool player.
“I look forward to working with him to develop his talent and he joins a group of young exciting players at our club.”
Alberto spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Barcelona B, who play in Spain’s second tier, during which he notched up 11 goals providing 17 assists in 38 appearances.
Luis Alberto has made just seven La Liga appearances but has been capped at Spanish Under 21 level and is considered a player with great potential, potential Rodgers will hope he can deliver upon to at the Merseyside club.
Liverpool could well do with strengthening their attack given the speculation over Luis Suarez’s long term future at the club and Rodgers may also be without Daniel Sturridge for the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign having suffered an ankle injury whilst on England duty.