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29th Aug, 2016 | 6:24pm

Sky: Liverpool agree playmaker deal after fee settled at £4.2m

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool have agreed to sell playmaker Luis Alberto to Lazio, according to a report.

Sky Sports have claimed on their Twitter account that Liverpool have agreed to sell the 23-year-old to the Italian club for a fee in the region of £4.2million.

Lazio appear to have beaten off several competitors for the Spanish-born playmaker.

Spanish newspaper Plaza Deportivo claimed that La Liga big hitters Valencia tabled a £2.6million bid for Alberto and were close to striking an agreement with Liverpool.

The Echo had claimed earlier this month that Championship side Aston Villa were also interested in the attacker, who can play behind the striker or out wide.

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The versatile attacker has struggled to make a breakthrough at Anfield, after signing in 2013. He has made just 12 appearances in league and cup encounters for the Merseyside club, following his £6.8million move.

The former Malaga player spent last season on loan at Deportivo where he scored six goals and provided eight assists in 31 games across all competitions.

It is understood that despite returning to Melwood for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season, Alberto failed to impress Jurgen Klopp and was subsequently left out of the Merseyiders tour of America, leaving the door open for a move away from the club this summer.

With just two years left on his Anfield deal, Alberto is set to try restart his career in Italy and put his Liverpool disappointment behind him.

In other Liverpool transfer news, a Ligue 1 side are keen to land the club’s striker target.