Reports indicate that Thibaut Courtois is planning contract talks with Chelsea and is “mystified” by claims the Blues have bid for Alisson – but what does this mean for Liverpool?
At the moment, there are three clubs believed to be interested in signing AS Roma’s no.1 Alisson Becker; Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Each club has a perceived problem between the sticks.
For Real, it’s because Keylor Navas isn’t quite good enough to be their first choice shot-stopper and for Liverpool, it’s much the same.
Loris Karius, despite being concussed in Kiev, isn’t a good enough goalkeeper to win the number of points required to challenge for the Premier League.
Karius made two glaring errors in Kiev which ultimately cost Liverpool dearly and although I find him blameless in light of his concussion, he has shown signs of being sub-par in the past.
The way he parried a shot against Roma in the second-leg of the semi-final that allowed Edin Dzeko to score was simply not good enough.
While he played well in quite a few games last season, we all remember when he spilled a shot against Bournemouth in the 2016/17 season which resulted in a goal for Nathan Ake and ultimately a spell on the sidelines watching Simon Mignolet.
Now, the London Evening Standard report that Thibaut Courtois is planning on holding talks with Chelsea over a new contract, which suggests he may still stay at Stamford Bridge.
With 13 months left on his current deal, it looked as though Courtois would be leaving Chelsea this summer so the Blues could avoid seeing the Belgian leave for free next season.
As per the Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson, Courtois is planning on holding contract talks with Chelsea and although talks broke down recently over discussions over an extension, the no.1 is ready to continue negotiations.
Adding onto that, Courtois is “mystified” at media suggestions that Chelsea have bid £52m for Alisson.
With it now looking more likely that the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper could stay in England, what does that mean for Liverpool?
Liverpool are reportedly very keen on signing Roma’s Alisson this summer to replace Loris Karius and Sam McGuire explains why the Brazilian would be outstanding for the Reds.
If Courtois elects to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, it will see the competition for the Brazil no.1 decrease and potentially the price. Roma will still charge an absolute premium for his services.
Their £79 million valuation will challenge Liverpool’s desire to sign the goalkeeper and interest from Real Madrid is still an obstacle to overcome given the allure of joining the 13-time European champions.
Much like Philippe Coutinho, joining a club where many Brazilian icons have gone on to succeed will be attractive for Alisson. Marcelo and Casemiro, international teammates in Madrid will also be trying to convince him to join.
While there is no denying that Alisson will have a big decision to make to turn down Madrid, Liverpool are as attractive a destination as they have ever been but Klopp is famed for convincing transfer targets to join his project when others have more to offer.
Last summer, despite a deal for Virgil van Dijk going balls up, Klopp had convinced the Dutchman to choose Liverpool over a certain Premier League medal with Manchester City and he was very nearly rewarded a Champions League title for his attitude.
With Chelsea potentially dropping out of the race to sign Alisson, it opens the door a little bit wider for Liverpool to move in for the Brazilian international.