As reported by Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 28-year-old was expected to arrive in Rome two days ago now for his pre-season medical examinations at the Paideia Clinic but has still not turned up yet.
Whilst there is an expectation that Luis Alberto will arrive today, there are also rumours that he won’t be in the Italian capital until next week, between the 14th and 15th July.
Lazio are not impressed with this behaviour and are intending to fine him. Sporting director Igli Tare is working to resolve the issue, having spoken to the club already. The management don’t want coach Maurizio Sarri to immediately have to solve personal issues, instead letting him focus on the busy summer ahead.
This is not the first time that Lazio have had issues with Luis Alberto’s behaviour. Last year, after the announcement of the personalised Boeing 737, the Spaniard publicly complained about the alleged delays in salary payment, angering the Biancocelesti.
Lazio do not want to sell Luis Alberto for anything less than €50-60 million and consider him a central part of Sarri’s project. Despite the interest from various clubs, none can match the Roman club’s requests this summer.
The Biancocelesti hope that Luis Alberto will arrive in Rome in the next few hours in order to take the medicals and join the squad for the pre-season retreat.
His family are in Valencia on holiday currently and his wife went to a concert yesterday with friends, making it unclear whether the player is still in Spain or not.