Roma goalkeeper Alisson is ready to accept the contract offer of a lifetime from Liverpool and fly in from his Sardinia holiday retreat to complete a mega-money transfer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian newspaper claim the Brazil international is close to joining the Premier League giants following further contract between the two clubs on Tuesday night over the terms of the deal.
Gazzetta report the total fee could be worth £66.9million including bonuses and Alisson is now in the final stages of agreeing the terms of a lucrative five-year contract.
Good move for Liverpool?
Definitely. Alisson is a mighty fine goalkeeper who was the best in Serie A last season and he has the ability to develop into one of the best in the world. The Brazilian is a rung below holy trinity Thibaut Courtois, David De Gea and Manuel Neuer but, aged 25, he is still young in goalkeeper terms and has his best years ahead of him. Certainly, Liverpool are crying out for a classy number one who can take over from mediocre duo Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, neither of whom are up to the task of being the top man at such a pressurised and high profile club. It will take a world-record fee for a goalkeeper to get Alisson, but it could be the best and most important deal Liverpool do this summer.
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Likely to happen?
The Italian media are red-hot on this deal, with the most reliable outlets such as Gazzetta and Sky Sports Italy going really strong on it. The English outlets have been less gung-ho but it appears the transfer is now very close, if not quite nailed on. Following the late collapse of the Nabil Fekir deal, Liverpool fans won’t believe it’s done until they see a picture of him in a club shirt on their official channels.
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