In the latest Liverpool news, the Reds have agreed a fee of £66.8million with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson and are now set to hold talks with the Brazilian about a move to Anfield.
Liverpool are hopeful of landing the Brazil No.1 after raising their offer to what would be a world-record fee for a goalkeeper after their initial bid of £62million, which was £53million up front and £9million in add-ons, was rejected on Tuesday.
It appears the Premier League giants are closing in on signing the 25-year-old as boss Jurgen Klopp attempts to bring in a top-quality goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, who between them were used as first choice last season.
Karius’ high-profile mistakes in May’s Champions League final, which cost Klopp’s men two goals in the 3-1 defeat, has prompted the search for a new keeper with Alisson seen as the man to significantly improve what has been a problem position at Anfield.
If Alisson was to join, he would further shore up a defence that has been criticised for shipping sloppy goals and boost Liverpool’s chances of winning their first league title since 1990 next season. The Reds are on offer with bet365 at 9/2 to win the Premier League in 2018-19.
Alisson has been with Roma for two years and has kept 26 clean sheets in 64 games in all competitions for the Italians, while he managed three shut-outs from Brazil’s five games in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
He conceded seven across two games against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final as the Reds overcame the Serie A side 7-6 on aggregate and has also been linked with Chelsea recently, with the Blues set to be in the market for a new keeper if, as expected, Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid in the transfer window.
Liverpool have stolen a march on their domestic rivals by agreeing a fee and it’s thought Alisson is keen on a move to Merseyside but it remains to be seen if Chelsea now match their offer and join the race to sign him.
The Reds have been given the green light to hold talks with the Brazil international after increasing their initial offer.