Liverpool continue their summer of ins and outs as they target Brazilian teenager Allan, while unwanted midfielder Luis Alberto attracts La Liga interest.
Luis Alberto could leave Liverpool on loan again this summer, while the Reds look set to bolster their academy ranks further with the addition of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza.
According to Andy Hunter of the Guardian, Deportivo La Coruna have expressed an interest in securing Alberto’s services for 2015/16.
“Alberto’s future…appears increasingly likely to lie away from Liverpool with Deportivo La Coruña interested in signing the Spanish midfielder on loan,” he writes.
“The 22-year-old cost Liverpool £6.8 million from Sevilla in 2013 but spent last season on loan at Malaga having struggled to impress Brendan Rodgers.
“The Liverpool manager does not consider Alberto part of his plans for next season and a switch to Deportivo may suit all parties.”
Alberto’s loan spell with Malaga last season was a muted one, with the midfielder making only 15 La Liga appearances, averaging at 38 minutes on the pitch per game.
The 22-year-old did impress in his handful of games as a substitute for the Reds in 2013/14, but lacked the mobility required to thrive in Rodgers’ system.
Deportivo operate with a hardworking defensive game, but currently lack a truly creative talent.
Alberto could find a welcome home in Galicia.
Meanwhile, a £500,000 bid for 18-year-old Internacional midfielder Allan could be forthcoming, as Liverpool look to add to their already burgeoning academy.
“The 18-year-old impressed Liverpool coaches during the Frenz International Cup held in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, when both the Merseyside and Brazilian clubs’ under-18s teams featured, and talks to bring the player from Porto Alegre to Anfield are under way.
“Allan, as he is more succinctly known, would cost around £500,000 and represents part of a concerted effort by Liverpool to bolster their options at youth level this summer.”
A central midfielder, Allan boasts a strong passing range and looks to trouble the opposition’s penalty area with driving runs.
Allan would join former Barcelona winger Bobby Adekanye, 16, and American forward Brooks Lennon, 17, as new recruits to the Liverpool youth ranks, and will be available for both the Under-18s and Under-21s.
It could be a bright future for Liverpool.