According to Il Messaggero, Leeds United have made an enquiry about Lazio play-maker Luis Alberto.
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The Spaniard was once on the books as a youngster at Liverpool, but failed to make the grade at Anfield, eventually sealing a move to Serie A giants Lazio.
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The 27-year-old has since developed into one of Europe’s greatest attacking midfielders, even registering a remarkable 17 assists across all competitions last season. Now, Il Messaggero claim that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has been in contact with his Lazio counterparts over potentially making a move for some of their players, including Alberto.
Pablo Hernandez successor
As Leeds secured their return to the Premier League last season, one man who was at the heart of their promotion campaign was Pablo Hernandez. The former Swansea ace was an instrumental figure for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, scoring nine times and setting up nine others.
But at 35, Hernandez is unlikely to be around for too much longer for the Whites, and that was perhaps best seen by how Bielsa used him after the Championship’s restart. In the eight Championship games he featured in, he completed the full 90 minutes just once, often making just 45 minute cameos.
In Alberto, Leeds could land the perfect successor to their Spanish magician, with the Lazio star proving himself to be an elite play-maker over these past couple of seasons. Dubbed as potentially being a new Philippe Coutinho by his former boss at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, the 27-year-old averaged an impressive 2.9 key passes per game in the Serie A – to put that into context, nobody provided more in the entire league than him.
Having already experienced Premier League football before, Alberto will surely be keen to finally make his mark on English football, and that can only be of benefit to Leeds.