Liverpool have decided not to pursue a deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, according to multiple reports on Friday.
Some reports had previously suggested that the Reds had entered into preliminary discussions to bring the Brazilian international to Anfield next season, but it seems now that the opposite is true – and that Roma’s €70m asking price is a major factor in the decision.
The Serie A side have two big reasons for demanding such a high fee, particularly from Liverpool. The Giallorossi rate Alisson extremely highly, with former goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo recently stating that the 25-year-old is the “Lionel Messi of goalkeepers” and worth far than the €50m that was being suggested at the time.
Another factor is the last player that Liverpool bought from Roma, one Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian international moved to Anfield in a £36.9m deal last summer and has since gone on to score 30 goals in 36 games in his return to English football. With the Italians now kicking their heels over that, it stands to reason that they would look to make as much as possible from Liverpool in their next transfer deal.
In any event, the fee quoted has seen Jurgen Klopp walk away, as he so often does when he feels that the asking price is too substantial. His recent promotion of Loris Karius to number one could also negate the need to splash out for a new goalkeeper given the newfound confidence in the young stopper – though Liverpool are still likely to be in the market for competition as Simon Mignolet seems likely to depart at the end of the season.
Alisson is the second big target that Liverpool have walked away from in recent weeks, following their decision to cool their interest in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar earlier this month.
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