Liverpool’s preparations for the new Premier League season have gone up a gear with the news that they have agreed a €70m deal with Roma for their goalkeeper Alisson.
The Brazilian, who was his country’s No 1 at this summer’s World Cup as they were eliminated in the quarter-finals, has emerged as one of Europe’s leading goalkeepers after joining the Italian giants in the summer of 2016 from Internacional.
Should the transfer go through, it would represent a world record fee for a keeper, with Gianluigi Buffon’s €52m move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 yet to be topped.
The Reds have been in the market for a new first-choice stopper since Loris Karius made two high-profile errors in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid – it was later determined that he was suffering from concussion after a blow to the head from Sergio Ramos.
Jurgen Klopp has already invested in greater squad depth this summer, with Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri all arriving, though Alisson would perhaps be the most important piece of business in what has long been a problem position.
The Brazilian’s impeding deal will likely set up a merry-go-round of goalkeeping transfers, with Thibaut Courtois reportedly in talks with Real Madrid to move from Chelsea after a fine summer in Russia with his Belgium national team.