Long-Serving Lazio Stalwart Close to Joining Qatari Outfit

From falling out of favor with the Lazio faithful to crest-kissing in a 1-0 win at Genoa, the final stage of Luis Alberto’s career at the Stadio Olimpico has been a rollercoaster. But despite the Spaniard’s effort to calm the fans, his departure was always imminent.

Qatari powerhouse Al-Duhail first registered an interest in the Lazio stalwart toward the end of May. And now, they seem one step away from luring the 31-year-old to the Middle East, reports Fabrizio Romano. The famous journalist says the deal could go through ‘soon.’

Al-Duhail and Lazio have agreed upon a fee of €11 million plus add-ons, with the final details missing. Once the clubs sort them out, Alberto could catch a flight to Qatar to sign a lucrative contract and start a new chapter outside Europe.

During his eight-year spell at Lazio, the illustrious playmaker has become a fan favorite. In 307 appearances for the Biancocelesti, he tallied 52 goals and 79 assists, helping the club hoist the Coppa Italia title in 2018/19 and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

However, Alberto’s behavior at the tail-end of his stint at Lazio has somewhat tarnished his legacy. There’s a feeling the ex-Liverpool man could’ve found a more subtle way to communicate his desire to part ways with the club than entering a public war with the Biancocelesti hierarchy.

Alberto’s impending departure could be one of many. Lazio may also lose the likes of Daichi Kamada and Ciro Immobile, while Felipe Anderson is moving back to his homeland to link up with Palmeiras.

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