Luis Alberto has rejected a lucrative bid from Saudi Arabia and will stay at Lazio, likely for years to come. The parties have struck a deal to prolong his contract until 2027. While the future of his fellow midfield ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is uncertain, he’ll continue to serve his key role.
According to Il Messaggero, the Spanish maestro will enjoy a pay hike to €4M per year including add-ons. His previous deal would have run out in 2025. Al-Duhail courted him insistently in previous weeks.
Alberto patched things up with Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri last season after a rocky first year together. He resumed being pivotal and posted 7 goals and 8 assists in 44 appearances. He had been linked to an exit, in particular to a return to Spain, several times in the past. Sevilla and Cadiz tried to lure him away but failed to meet his team’s demands.
The Biancocelesti could get an assist in their search for a new left-back from his agency You First. They represent AZ Alkmaar’s Milos Kerkez, who has a €15M price tag. The alternatives are the return of Luca Pellegrini and Fabiano Parisi.
Our Take on Lazio and Alberto
The relationship has had its up and down in the past two years, but he was his usual self in 2023/2024, and they couldn’t afford more drama, and potentially another giant loss, in the midfield.
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