Liverpool bought Mohamed Salah last summer for a cut-price as AS Roma had to meet FFP regulations or face transfer sanctions and Gabriele Marcotti believes this will affect any potential negotiations for Alisson.
Last summer, Mohamed Salah signed for the Reds in what must be one of the biggest bargains the Premier League has ever seen.
Signing for £37 million and then going on to break the record for most goals scored in a 20-club Premier League season must surely classify him as one of the best deals in English football.
Yet, after having to sell Salah to meet FFP regulations to avoid a transfer ban, Roma will not be handing out anymore cheap deals – not least to Liverpool.
Speaking to ESPN, Gab Marcotti said: “I think there is contract negotiation going on [between Roma and Alisson].
“From what I’ve been told, this is unlikely to get done before the World Cup, if at all. There’s still a lot of distance obviously between the two sides.
“Obviously the relationship between the two ownership groups, Roma and Liverpool, are very, very close, both Boston-based. But that said, you could argue they already helped them out last year with Mohamed Salah.
“They don’t want to let another world-beater get away this soon. I think from Roma’s perspective it makes sense to see what happens after the World Cup and what kind of tournament Alisson has.”
Signing a top goalkeeper is vital for Liverpool to maintain their upward trajectory and go from a top, entertaining side to one truly capable of winning silverware and rewarding fans for the dedication to the club.
As thing stand – with Sky claiming Liverpool won’t refresh their interest in Alisson – it looks incredibly unlikely that Alisson will be a Red, with his preference of clubs said to be Real Madrid.