Chelsea have reportedly launched a £52m bid for AS Roma’s Alisson as they look to find a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
With just 13 months remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, Courtois has made it clear that he will not be signing an extension.
Chelsea have accepted that they will be losing their Belgian goalkeeper and have begun looking for a replacement.
Although it was reported last week that Chelsea will target Jack Butland amid uncertainty of budget availability, reports from Italy claim that the Blues have already submitted a bid for Rome goalkeeper Alisson.
According to Italian journalist David Moresco, Chelsea have offered £52 million to Roma while they will pay Alisson a salary of £5m per year.
Roma aren’t looking to sell just yet, especially after they were forced into selling Mohamed Salah last summer for a retrospectively paltry fee of £36.9m. The Calcio A outfit would like to wait until after the World Cup to assess the situation.
By waiting, they’re aware they can then ask for more money after what is expected to be a successful tournament for the Brazilian goalkeeper.
As I’m sure Klopp is aware, he will need to act soon and convincingly to secure Alisson this summer with both Chelsea and Real Madrid interested in signing the Brazilian.
Alisson will likely cost in the region of £79 million and after spending £75m on Virgil van Dijk in January, a world record fee for a defender, Klopp needs to do the same on a goalkeeper.
Signing Alisson for £79m will make him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.