Liverpool look set to smash the world record fee for a goalkeeper, with a deal agreed for Roma stopper Alisson Becker.
The Premier League side are set to pay around €75m for the Brazilian international’s services, with manager Jurgen Klopp deciding to bring an end to Loris Karius’ reign as Anfield number one.
The deal, should it be completed will see a 17-year-old record broken in the process, as it will see Gianluigi Buffon’s move to Juventus finally moved from the top of the table.
While Alisson should soon be the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, who is currently in the top ten most expensive goalkeepers of all time?
1. Gianluigi Buffon – €52.9m. Parma – Juventus, 2001
The Italy legend, to this day still the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, was signed from Parma in 2001. He went on to play in over 650 matches for Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles in the process.
2. Ederson Moraes – €40m (£35m). Benfica – Manchester City, 2017
Pep Guardiola solved a long-standing problem by signing the Brazilian international from Benfica. Ederson went on to play a key role in Man City’s Premier League title success last season.
3. Jordan Pickford – €34m (£30m). Sunderland – Everton, 2017
Eyebrows were raised when Everton committed to paying £30m for Pickford in 2017, but he has proven himself to be worth the outlay. Having been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise poor Everton season, he went on to star with England at the World Cup this summer.
4. Manuel Neuer – €30m. Schalke – Bayern Munich, 2011
Neuer was signed from Schalke at considerable cost in 2011, but he has gone on to pay that back several times over. One of the finest keepers in the world, Neuer has won six Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in his time at the Allianz Arena.
5. Francesco Toldo, €26.5m. Fiorentina – Internazionale, 2001
Transfers of Italian goalkeepers were plentiful at the turn of the century, though an absurdly high number of them didn’t pan out. Toldo was one of the few who was worth the outlay, spending nine years at the San Siro and winning four Serie A titles.
6. Bernd Leno – €25m (£22m), Bayer Leverkusen – Arsenal, 2018
One of Unai Emery’s first signings since taking over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer, Leno comes to England with a decent reputation and is expected to take over from Petr Cech as the Gunners’ new number one.
7. David De Gea – €25m (£17.8m). Atletico Madrid – Manchester United, 2011
Signed to replace Edwin Van Der Sar at the turn of the decade, De Gea shook off an iffy start and has gone on to become the best keepers on the planet. A regular winner of the club’s player of the year award, De Gea has had to drag Man United to success on occasion.
8. Alex Meret – €22m. Udinese – Napoli, 2018
Meret was signed to fill the void left by Pepe Reina’s departure for AC Milan, but will have to wait for his chances after the 21-year-old broke his arm in training less than a week after signing for the club.
9. Sebastien Frey – €21m. Internazionale – Parma, 2001
Toldo’s arrival at the San Siro meant that Frey was deemed surplus to requirements, but they were still able to receive a good price for the French youth international from Parma. Frey spent four largely successful years at Parma (despite the team’s struggles) before moving on to Fiorentina for €6m in 2005.
10. Angelo Peruzzi – €19m. Juventus – Internazionale, 1999
Peruzzi left Juventus to join Inter in 1999, linking up with former Juve manager Marcello Lippi at the San Siro. However, his stay in Milan would not be a long one – he was sold to Serie A title rivals Lazio for €18m just a year later.
(Transfer fees taken from Transfermarkt and are in Euro, with the pound conversion at the time used to separate players in the event of a tie)