Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Liverpool Agree Fee For World Most Expensive Goalkeeper

Liverpool is getting closer to Alisson's signing after agreeing a £ 66m ($ 86m) fee with Roma for the Brazilian goalkeeper, Goal said.

The Reds have had intensive talks with the Serie A club this week, and are now allowed to talk to the player about a move to Anfield.

The agreement would make the 25-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in history, and Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen a position that was a problem well before Loris Karius' high-profile mistakes in the Champions League final in May.

Alisson, understandably, is open to the idea of ​​a move to Merseyside, but Liverpool could face competition from Chelsea, who seems to want to lose his own goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, to Real Madrid.

Liverpool, however, are increasingly confident they can win the race, which would mean they have broken the world transfer record for goalkeepers and defensemen in the last seven months.

The Reds have already added Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri to their team in 2018, and the addition of Alisson, identified by the club's recruiting team as their best target last season, would be considered a huge boost from the new Premier League campaign.

Liverpool will fly to the United States for a three-game tour Saturday, although Alisson should not return to training before after all.

Klopp had designated Alisson as his favorite target, with the Reds' boss aware that no Karius, Simon Mignolet or Danny Ward had managed to clinch first place at Anfield.

Karius' mistakes in the Champions League final against Madrid in Kiev, and doubts about the lasting effect they will have on his confidence, have re-energized Liverpool's efforts to recruit Alisson.

Ward is said to impress Klopp in training, but it now seems unlikely that he will have a lasting chance of claiming to be the first choice as the deal for Alisson gets closer.

Roma had been keen to avoid a repeat of last summer when they sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool at what seems now a ridiculously low price and made it clear they are not ready for the same thing with Alisson.

However, Liverpool's bid has now met Roma's assessment, leaving the Serie A club to step up their search for a replacement.

Alphonse Areola, from Paris Saint-Germain, seems to be on their radar, while AC Milan No. 1, Gianluigi Donnarumma, is well known.

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