Liverpool’s pursuit for a replacement goalkeeper goes on, as Roma sporting director Monchi warns clubs that if they want Alisson; it better be earlier rather than later.
Monchi has set Liverpool a deadline should they look to strike a deal with the Italian club, stating that: “Everything has its time, if it’s August 5 at 3am… Everything has its time.”
Given Loris Karius recent mistake against Tranmere, his confidence looks shot to bits following his performance in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid. This is why interest in Alisson may be reignited, but Monchi’s words of caution show it could be a hard deal to make – with the quotes emerging from Football Italia following a press conference presenting Davide Santon and Antonio Mirante.
“We always evaluate what comes in and decide for the good of Roma above all.” said Monchi, “I don’t want to talk about replacements, because Alisson hasn’t left. If that moment comes, we’ll think about it. If you believe what you read in the press, when I leave here today I’ll have three or four calls from England and Spain, even Germany. Maybe you were distracted when I heard from the Germans…”
Monchi’s tongue-in-cheek comments seem to mock journalists for failing to pickup from interest from Germany which is hilarious in of itself. Interest from Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool has whizzed around papers and the internet alike, with the transfer rumour mill in full swing.
Liverpool’s interest appears to be the most concrete, given the dilemma on their hands but the Reds would have to pay over the odds to secure his services.
However, it’s evident this is the “problem position” in the side, much like Virgil Van Dijk, paying big money to solve this problem isn’t realistically over-paying, more so paying the value needed to solve that issue. Transfer values are representative of the club’s need to improve that position, so forking out a high fee isn’t necessarily wrong.
Roma’s current valuation of Alisson is €75m, a hefty fee that would blow the current record for a keeper out of the water, as Juventus paid Parma £47m in 2001 for Gianluigi Buffon. Italian outlet Leggo state that Liverpool have enquired with an offer of €65m (equivalent to £57m), beating offers tabled by Chelsea and Real Madrid (€60m) however I would question the credibility of the source.
When it comes to Alisson, his first season as Roma’s starting keeper was an undeniable success, making many news outlets Serie A team of the season. Averaging a save percentage of just under 80%, his cat-like reflexes helped him hold down the Brazil national team spot over Manchester City’s Ederson – who of course has a Premier League title to his name.
Doubts remain however, especially if Liverpool are to match Roma’s estimation of the player. Alisson shipped seven goals to Liverpool across two games in the Champions League final and had a poor World Cup given the level he was performing at consistently last season.