Everton maintain an interest in Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto and could take advantage of his deteriorating situation with the Serie A side, according to reports.
Alberto was linked with Everton before the summer transfer window opened. Carlo Ancelotti was aware of the player from his time in Serie A.
However, the Toffees chose to strengthen their midfield with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan instead. They also signed James Rodriguez for a more advanced midfield role.
The new signings have had the desired effect, with Everton enjoying a strong start to the season – but their form has faltered a little in recent weeks.
Therefore, Ancelotti could still be on the lookout for reinforcements for when the transfer window opens in January.
According to Il Tempo (via Sport Witness), the Everton boss wants to add more creativity in behind his attack. And he could reignite his interest in Alberto to do so.
Alberto has history on Merseyside, after previously spending three years on the books with Liverpool. However, he did not make much of an impression at Anfield, and spent two of those years out on loan.
Since leaving Liverpool permanently in 2016, Alberto has become a much more dangerous proposition. He has established himself as a key player for Lazio in recent years.
However, his relationship with his current club recently took a turn for the worse. When Lazio unveiled an expensive new club plane, Alberto commented that they should be paying their players in full instead.
It has led to friction between the club and the player, even though manager Simone Inzaghi still views him as a key component of his plans.
Sevilla rivalling Everton for Alberto
Rome-based paper Il Tempo suggests that Alberto could now make a move to Everton – just months after signing a new contract with Lazio.
Ancelotti sees Alberto as an upgrade on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes, and thinks he could be the missing piece in his midfield.
Therefore, Everton could enter the market in January in an attempt to lure the playmkaer back to the Premier League.
Alberto’s former club Sevilla are also interested in the 28-year-old, so it would not be a clear path for Everton to sign him.
Wherever Alberto ends up, Liverpool will be due a portion of the fee as part of a sell-on clause they inserted in his contract when selling him to Lazio.