Liverpool in line for windfall from Michael Edwards' 2016 transfer agreement
The Reds could enjoy a boost of over £20million thanks to a clause in the contract of former midfielder Luis Alberto - who could be set for a lucrative summer move
Liverpool may receive an unforeseen cash injection of tens of millions of pounds this summer thanks to another case of Michael Edwards' shrewd work in the transfer market.
The Reds Sporting Director inserted a clause into the deal to sell former midfielder Luis Alberto to Lazio in 2016 entitling the Anfield club to 30 per cent of any fee the Serie A club sell him for.
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Alberto moved to from Sevilla in 2013 in a £7.2m move but failed to make an impact on Merseyside.
The Spaniard made 12 appearances in three years, never scoring for the Reds, and was loaned out to Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna.
Alberto's torrid spell at Anfield was brought to an end as Italian giants Lazio bought him for £3.6m in 2016 - for half of what the Reds paid for him.
However, the 27-year-old has shone in Italy and become an integral player for the Rome-based club. His five goals and 14 assists from central midfield mean he is in line for a new deal at Lazio, with the the release clause could be as much as £87m.
However, Alberto - who has two years left on his contract - may opt not to sign another deal at Stadio Olimpico. In this case, Lazio would listen to offers of £69m and this would mean the Reds would pocket £21m if the move went through.
Alberto's sell-on clause is another example of Edwards' important work behind the scenes for table-topping Liverpool, alongside his great success in bringing stars such as Mohamed Salah, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk to the club.
Reds fans are sure to keep an eye on Alberto's performances for the rest of the season with tens of millions at stake should he continue to impress.
In the meantime, Liverpool welcome Atletico Madrid to Anfield on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, needing to overturn a one-goal deficit with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.