Liverpool are said to be in talks with Roma over a deal to sign goalkeeper Alisson, with the Brazilian now believed to favour a move to Anfield.
UPDATE: Liverpool have bid £62 million (70m euros) for Alisson – a world record fee for a goalkeeper. More here.
The Reds have been linked with the 25-year-old since the beginning of the year, but speculation cooled as Roma sought a big-money fee.
Alisson served as Brazil’s No. 1 during the World Cup, but following their exit from the quarter-finals new claims have emerged over the stopper’s future.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who works for both Sky Sports and the Guardian, maintains that Liverpool have begun talks with Roma over a deal.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon he added that the Reds have offered €70 million including add-ons, though the Serie A side are seeking a further €5 million with “talks ongoing.”
Encouragingly, Romano claims that despite rumoured interest “Chelsea have not made another bid” at this stage.
And most importantly he states that “Alisson would accept the Liverpool bid,” but he is “waiting for total agreement” between the two clubs.
This is corroborated by Sky Sports’ Gianluca Di Marzio, who writes that a deal is “very close,” with Liverpool and Roma “working to seek the final agreement.”
- Liverpool claimed to have offered €70 million
- Roma seeking €75 million but willing to negotiate
- Alisson open to prospect of joining the Reds
- Goalkeeper expected to have spoken to Klopp ahead of move
Di Marzio suggests Alisson will have already held talks with Klopp due to this development, while adding that he could be replaced by either Alphonse Areola or Robin Olsen.
Romano and Di Marzio’s reports follow up a host of Italian sources including Il Messaggero, La Repubblica and Corriere dello Sport.
This comes in the wake of Loris Karius‘ latest shaky displays for the Reds in pre-season, with Klopp clearly not convinced with the 25-year-old.
Alisson‘s arrival would be a major statement of intent from Liverpool, though given Karius’ troubles it would seemingly not be a smooth transition.