If AS Roma are to sell Alisson Becker this summer, they will wait until after the FIFA World Cup to ensure the Brazilian’s value is inflated and will demand £79m for his services.
As much as I want to back him, I cannot help but think that Loris Karius threw away his chance to be Liverpool’s no.1 when he made two mistakes in the Champions League final that ensured Real Madrid ran out 3-1 victors.
Back in February, after replacing Simon Mignolet in the starting lineup as the Reds first choice ‘keeper, Karius admitted he was playing for his future.
If that was the case and we can assume this was a trial period presented to him by Jürgen Klopp, it’s highly unlikely that the German goalkeeper will continue into the 2018/19 season as the Liverpool no.1.
Despite Karius’ tears at full time in Kiev, Klopp will not be in the mood to wipe them for the former Mainz shot-stopper and will certainly be doing his best to bring in a player that can ensure success between the sticks.
Aided by the ridiculously efficient Michael Edwards, Liverpool will move for a new goalkeeper this summer and a report from the Guardian claims Alisson is the man the Reds are after.
The only problem is that they will need to wait until after the World Cup, with Roma happy to hold out with a view to seeing their prized asset’s value increase after a successful tournament in Russia with Brazil.
Liverpool haven’t yet made an official approach for Alisson but have sounded out Roma with regards to the goalkeeper’s availability. The Italian side are “desperate” to hold onto the former Internacionale man but if push comes to shove, they will sell him for €90m (£79m).
Sachin Nakrani and Fabrizio Romano write in the Guardian that Liverpool will contact Roma again to thrash out a deal but may well be put off by the massive price tag slapped on Alisson’s head.
Real Madrid are also known to be interested and could make an approach that denies Liverpool their chance to seal a deal.