Report: Liverpool may need to pay £80m for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Premier League giants Liverpool want to make Alisson the new number one at Anfield but Serie A side Roma will not let him go for cheap.

Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson throws the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match AS Roma vs FK Qarabag on December 5, 2017 at the Olympic stadium in Rome.

Alisson might not be a name that strikes fear into the heart of opposition forwards but make no mistake, Roma’s Brazil international goalkeeper is one of the best in the business.

According to the Mirror, Liverpool have identified Alisson as the top-class ‘keeper they have been crying out for ever since Pepe Reina departed Anfield.

PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus are also reportedly interested in the former Internacional number one who, according to Roma’s former goalkeeping coach, Roberto Negrisola, is the Lionel Messi equivalent of shot-stoppers.

Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson (L) blocks a shot on goal by Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez (C) during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between...

Yet with Roma valuing Alisson at around £45 million, Liverpool would have to make him the most expensive goalkeeper in footballing history to bring him to Merseyside, eclipsing the fee Manchester City spent on Ederson last summer.

But if the Italian giants get their way, Alisson could cost even more in the very near future.

Calciomercato report that Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are hoping to tie down Brazil’s number one to a new contract to reflect his growing value in the market. It is understood that Roma will include a buyout clause in his renewed deal meaning clubs from outside of Italy will have to pay £80 million to enter talks with a player Roma signed for just £8 million in the summer of 2016.

Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson celebrates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match AS Roma vs Lazio on November 18, 2017 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. AS Roma won 2-1.

The report adds that Bayern Munich, who have been without Manuel Neuer since September due to injury, are the latest side to express an interest in Alisson.

Liverpool clearly need a ‘keeper. But whether they are willing to break their transfer record again to sign one is another matter.

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