Contradictory reports regarding an imminent Liverpool offer for AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson have surfaced in Italy and England this morning.
Alisson, full name Alisson Becker, is a 25-year-old Brazilian international, and emerged as one of the most impressive goalkeepers in world football after taking over as Roma’s no.1 this past season, following the end of Wojciech Szczęsny’s loan with the club.
The former Internacional star has already earned 31 international caps, and is currently viewed as the Selecao’s first-choice between the posts, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson.
Alisson’s stellar form over the last 10 months 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 have been keeping an eye out for reinforcements in the goalkeeping department for some time now, with the costly performance of Loris Karius in the Champions League final having since seen links between Liverpool and Alisson intensify (though an explanation has since emerged for Karius’ nightmare in Kiev).
However, after several reports last month suggested that Liverpool had pulled the plug on their interest in the Brazilian due to his hefty price-tag, claims began to mount that Real Madrid had moved very much into the driver’s seat for Alisson, with Los Blancos ready to splash out the necessary sum to replace current first-choice Keylor Navas.
To this point, though, no progress has seemingly been made regarding a possible switch to the Bernabeu for Roma’s no.1, with a report from Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport 3 weeks ago having suggested that the hesitancy of both Real and Liverpool had opened the door to Chelsea in the race for Alisson’s services.
The report claimed that Maurizio Sarri, who is expected to be announced as the man to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge imminently, has identified Alisson as a transfer priority, with the Blues ready to bid up to 70 million Euro, including bonuses, for the Giallorossi standout (paving the way for Thibaut Courtois to join Real Madrid).
In addition, Marca have since labelled Chelsea as the clear front-runners for Alisson’s signature, though Il Messaggero have countered by claiming that the shot-stopper only has eyes for Madrid.
Bid or no bid?
Whatever the case may be, the one assurance which had seemingly been made based on the latest rumours surrounding the Brazilian was that Liverpool had firmly dropped out of the race for his services.
As such, it came as something of a surprise when Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport reported this morning that the Reds were readying a hefty 60 million Euro (plus 5 million bonuses) offer for Alisson, which would be officially submitted today.
The story also stated that Liverpool had a 5-year contract offer worth 6 million Euro-per-season ready for the Roma star.
But, in a completely contradictory update since published by David Maddock of the Daily Mirror, it has been vehemently assured that the Merseysiders will in fact not submit a bid for Alisson today, or at all, during this summer’s transfer window:
Widespread reports in Italy on €65m Liverpool bid for Alisson…completely wrong (unfortunately). NO bid from @LFC, no contact at all with player or club. No plans to bid at this stage either. Was some interest earlier in window, but cooled and not revived. #LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) July 12, 2018