A player reportedly sought after by Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti has been deemed better than Paul Pogba by legendary Italian manager Marcello Lippi.
According to Italian outlet Corriere della Sera, the Toffees boss is a big admirer of Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto and is considering making a move to bring him to Goodison Park.
Alberto was previously on the books of Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool, with then Reds boss Brendan Rodgers signing the Spaniard from Sevilla in 2013.
However, the 27-year-old’s spell at Anfield was nothing to write home about, making just 12 appearances, having been loaned out twice, before being offloaded to Lazio for around £4million (BBC Sport) less than four years ago.
Alberto has firmly put his fruitless time at Liverpool behind him to become a fan favourite at the Rome club, claiming an impressive 24 goals and 40 assists in 124 appearances.
Lippi was asked by TMW Radio who he’d pick out of Manchester United’s Pogba and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – but he went for a third option instead.
“I would choose Luis Alberto, he has great quality,” said the 71-year-old, best known for steering Italy to the 2006 World Cup and winning five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Juventus.
Alberto has developed into a superb player over the past few years, to the point that his transfer value is reported to be around £43million (The Express).
With 13 assists and four goals in just 25 Serie A appearances this season, helping Lazio sit just one point behind leaders Juventus, it’s little surprise to see him linked with other clubs.
Aside from Lippi’s compliments, deeming him better than Pogba, Alberto has also been described as an “extraordinary” player by teammate Francesco Acerbi (Corriere Dello Sport).
Alberto will certainly not come cheap, but with Everton having big plans for the future, he would no doubt be a worthy signing for Ancelotti and co.