LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, June 3, 2018: Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roma president confirms Real Madrid are close to signing goalkeeper Alisson

A long-term transfer target of Liverpool’s, Alisson looks instead to be heading to Real Madrid in a big-money move from AS Roma.

The Brazilian No. 1 is preparing for the World Cup finals in Russia, which gets underway today.

Alisson has, however, said he wants his future tied up before his national team’s own first game, which is on Sunday against Switzerland.

That left little time for the Reds to move if they remained intent on doing so, but it has become more apparent over the past two weeks that a bid was unlikely as Real Madrid’s interest grew.

Now AS report that Real Madrid are ‘close’ to signing Alisson, with club president James Pallotta telling Italian journalists about two probable exits.

Alisson has a high market value, around €78 million,” Pallotta is quoted as saying.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 24, 2018: AS Romaís goalkeeper Alisson Becker applauds the Liverpool supporters during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“He is close to Real Madrid, while [Radja] Nainggolan will join Inter Milan”.

The AS report claims Liverpool remain interested, but that is at odds with local publications around Merseyside, most of which declared the Reds were set to look elsewhere.

Jurgen Klopp and his side have also been linked with the likes of England duo Jack Butland and Nick Pope, while on a wider scale, Jan Oblak and Jasper Cillessen remain alternatives.

Simon Mignolet‘s future remains clouded, while Danny Ward is still awaiting a chance of his own, though has been linked with a Championship move.

Loris Karius remains first choice, despite his high-profile errors at the end of last season.

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