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Atletico Madrid considering swoop for 30-year-old Spanish midfielder – report

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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy January transfer window as the club look to trim the squad in their attempt to bring in some much-needed revenue.

At the same time, the club are determined to add fresh quality to the squad. As part of their plans, they are targeting a host of talented players across Europe, with Luis Alberto emerging as one of their targets.

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This has been reported by Corriere Dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo), which suggests that the club from the capital are closely monitoring the situation of the Lazio star and could make a move for him in the near future.

Formerly of Liverpool, Alberto has been a huge success at Lazio since joining the club in 2016. He has racked up 236 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 44 goals while mustering 62 assists.

A central midfielder by trade, Alberto’s creative brilliance has been key in helping Lazio remain one of the top teams in Italy. But after six years of success, many believe the 30-year-old playmaker could contemplate leaving the club in the near future.

That is where Atletico Madrid come into the fray. The Spanish giants are preparing for a major overhaul in January, with the creative department emerging as one of their major weak points.

However, the report suggests Atleti must offload their star players such as Thomas Lemar and Rodrigo De Paul before they can afford a move for Alberto, who still has a contract at Lazio that does not expire until 2025.

With that in mind, it could be tricky for Atletico to fund a move for the former Liverpool starlet. But at the same time, they are looking to offload both Lemar and De Paul in January, along with Matheus Cunha, and those sales could potentially pave the way for the club to bring in Roberto.

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