Liverpool Keen On Keeper
The president of Serie A side Roma insists he won’t be selling Liverpool transfer target Alisson.
The Brazil international keeper is being linked with a move to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp seeks to shore up his side’s defence. Roma chief James Pallotta was asked at the weekend about Alisson’s future.
“I don’t understand why people keep asking me if Alisson will be our goalkeeper next season,” Pallotta told reporters.
“We have no intention of selling him. No chance.
“We thought he was a great goalkeeper when we signed him and there is zero chance of us selling him.”
Reports earlier this year claimed Roma would demand over £40million for Alisson, a fee that would make him the world’s costliest goalkeeper.
Liverpool and Real Madrid have both been linked. While Liverpool are looking to replace Simon Mignolet the Spanish side are also expected to be in the market for a new keeper. Keylor Navas’s time at the Bernabeu looks to be up and Alisson is believed to be on Real’s wish list alongside David De Gea of Manchester United, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Liverpool meet Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final next week and Pallotta believes Roma have a realistic chance of making the final.
“Will we make the Champions League final – why not? The Reds are strong, it will be like the Boston derby,” he said in reference to the fact that both he and Liverpool owner John Henry hail from the American city.
“In Europe we won against teams like Chelsea and Shakhtar and when we faced Barcelona we knew how to play. The result in the first leg did not reflect what was seen on the field, In the return leg the coach made some tactical changes that surprised them.
“We are a strong team that can do well in Europe too.”