Liverpool want to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson ahead of the summer window and according to Sky sources in Italy discussions are underway and at a very early stage.
They also say Liverpool made an inquiry into signing the 26-year-old during the January transfer window and the club hope to persuade Roma to sell the player in the coming weeks. However, it is understood Roma believe Alisson is one of the best in his position in Europe and value him at £62m (€70m) – potentially a world-record price for a goalkeeper.
It was also reported in Italy last week that they have been trying to get him to sign a new contract, with the anticipation of more interest from some of Europe’s top clubs in the summer.
Alisson – a Brazil international with 22 caps – is understood to be the Merseyside club’s top target among five goalkeepers they are interested in from across Europe. However, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are just two top teams expected to be in the market for goalkeepers, so Liverpool are attempting to beat potential competition.
What about Karius though?
Loris Karius has established himself as Liverpool’s number one in recent weeks and has since been more composed with several great saves, boosting confidence throughout the defence.
It is thought that whilst Alisson is highly rated and was recently described by his goalkeeper coach as the “Messi of goalkeepers”, would it be more appropriate to buy someone to compete with him rather than dislodge?
Simon Mignolet has lost his place to Loris Karius in recent weeks, with the latter starting in the 5-0 Champions League win at Porto on Tuesday.
What do you think? Should Liverpool look elsewhere? Would you like to see Danny Ward be given an opportunity?