Blow for Liverpool as AS Roma definitively rule out star’s sale

Premier League giants Liverpool have today been dealt a hammer blow in their chase of Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

World-class shot-stopper

Alisson, full name Alisson Becker, is a 25-year-old Brazilian international, and has emerged as one of the most impressive goalkeepers in world football since taking over as Roma’s no.1 this season, following the end of Wojciech Szczęsny’s loan with the club.

The former Internacional star has already earned 24 international caps, and is currently viewed as the Selecao’s first-choice between the posts, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson.

Anfield links

Alisson’s stellar form to this point in the campaign has seen the South American linked with a whole host of top European clubs, with English giants Liverpool long named as the side expressing the most genuine interest in his services.

The Reds are known to be keeping an eye out for reinforcements in the goalkeeping department, due to the consistently-questionable performances of both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius (though the latter has been much-improved of late).

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 13: Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius reacts during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Anfield on September 13, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Negotiations

Reports stemming from Italy over recent weeks suggested that Roma were attempting to tie Alisson down to a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico, with a massive 90 million Euro release clause touted.

However, to this point, there has seemingly been no progress made towards a fresh contract for the Brazilian, with links between the gifted shot-stopper and the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, PSG and more only intensifying.

Staying put

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sport Italia earlier today, however, Roma President James Pallotta provided an update on the future of his side’s star between the posts, with the American businessman definitively ruling out a summer sale under any circumstances:

‘We have no intention of selling him. No chance.’ 

‘When we signed him, I thought he was a great goalkeeper and I still think so, so we won’t sell him.’

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