Reds, Roma Only €5m Apart
Liverpool are in talks with Roma over the Serie A side’s Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson.
The Reds have offered an initial bid totalling €70million (£62million) including add-ons and bonuses. But the Serie A side are holding out for an additional €5million in a move that suggests there is room for a compromise agreement between the two clubs.
Liverpool were linked with Alisson for much of last season. However, their interest appeared to wane following the end of campaign and Alisson’s stint at the World Cup with Brazil where he played in all five of their games.
The Merseyside club’s initial offer is the first approach any club have made to Roma. Real Madrid have also been linked with Alisson as the replacement for Keylor Navas. But the La Liga side are also eyeing up a move for Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgium international has just one year left on his contract with Chelsea and as such would be available for a much lower transfer fee than Alisson. Chelsea would also be interested in Alisson as Courtois’ replacement.
The goalkeeper’s position is one that has given Liverpool problems in recent years with neither Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius impressing manager Jurgen Klopp. The latter put in a calamitous performance in the Reds’ 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in May.
Alisson has spent just two seasons with Roma since moving from Internacional in his homeland in 2016. His first season was spent as understudy to Wojciech Szczesny who was on loan from Arsenal. He succeeded Szczesny as first-choice keeper last season following the Poland international’s departure.
If the deal goes through it will be a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper eclipsing the €53million Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.