Liverpool are in discussions with Roma to sign Alisson Becker this summer, according to Sky Sports sources in Italy.
In eight out of sixteen games this season, Loris Karius has finished the 90 minutes with a clean sheet.
Despite this encouraging statistic and the fact that he has been in fine form since replacing Simon Mignolet, Liverpool are still looking at signing a new no.1 this summer and are looking at the very top end of the market.
Jan Oblak and Alisson top the Reds’ goalkeeping shortlist and according to Sky Sports, the Anfield outfit has already entered into discussions about signing the latter at the end of the season.
Sky claim that discussions are at a “very early stage” and that Roma value the Brazilian goalkeeper at a showstopping £62 million – a world record for a goalie.
In January, Liverpool broke the record paid for a defender when Virgil van Dijk signed for the Reds for £75 million and with FSG clearly backing Jürgen Klopp to the hilt, breaking the record for a goalkeeper doesn’t seem out of the question.
An inquiry was also reportedly made in January about signing him during the winter transfer window and with that approach clearly unsuccessful, the Reds are hoping to agree on a deal to sign him in the summer in the “coming weeks.”
With Real Madrid and PSG likely to be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, Liverpool are looking to take the initiative by entering into discussions with Roma early. The World Cup in Russia will also complicate things if negotiations drag on until the summer.
Roma will be looking to get their pound of flesh after being forced to sell Mohamed Salah last summer for a cut-price due to Financial Fair Play regulations and will likely charge the Reds even more.
Even if Karius continues his impressive form until May, it would be great business for Liverpool to sell Simon Mignolet, bring in Alisson and foster a hugely competitive fight for the no.1 spot next season.