Liverpool have opened talks with Roma regarding the potential transfer of Alisson Becker, according to reports in Italy.
While Real Madrid are interested, it is thought that they have made a bid of £35 million, significantly short of Roma’s asking price, and they are unwilling to improve their offer by too much more. What is more likely is that they will spend that money on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has stated on a number of occasions that he wants to be closer to his children, who just happen to live in the Spanish capital.
The Blues number one has just one year remaining on his contract and is expected to leave, with Chelsea having reportedly having given up hope of him extending his stay a Stamford Bridge, and don’t want to risk losing him for free.
Chelsea are already thought to have had an offer turned down for the 25-year-old Roma ‘keeper, but now according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool have now opened talks with the Italian club regarding the transfer of their keeper.
He claims that Liverpool have made a bid of €70 million, including add-ons, although that is marginally short of Roma’s valuation of €75m.
Liverpool’s need for a new ‘keeper was brought into full focus during the Champions League final when Loris Karius made two huge errors to gift Real Madrid their third consecutive European title.
Despite claims of him suffering a concussion during the game, the German shot stopper has already committed a similar error in Liverpool’s pre-season preparations, during their 3-2 win over fellow Merseyside side, Tranmere.