Roma president James Pallotta has today spoken out over the rumours surrounding the future of in-demand Giallorossi goalkeeper Alisson.
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.
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 Premier League 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).
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.
Speaking in an interview with Sirius XM earlier today, Roma president James Pallotta was questioned on the rumours surrounding the future of both Alisson and Barcelona target Cengiz Under.
And Pallotta, clearly angered by the recent criticism of his club regarding the sales of the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Mohamed Salah, was in no mood to mince words, with the American adamant that the Giallorossi have ‘no intention of them (Alisson and Under) leaving the club’:
‘It’s frustrating for me because people believe Roma is a supermarket.’
‘We do not want to sell players; these guys are on long-term contracts and we have no intention of them leaving the club.’
‘They have been incredible with us from day one and this season they have both been fantastic, they have big futures – just like Patrik Schick.’
‘Monchi faces the difficulty of financial fair play but we have identified a plan and strategy to continue to improve the team.’