Liverpool’s recruitment team are set to concede defeat in their pursuit of Roma star Alisson as the Reds’ hunt for a new goalkeeper takes another twist, according to the Mirror.
The newspaper claim that reports in Brazil of a £60million offer are wide of the mark, with the Reds now not likely to submit a concrete bid for the 26-year-old stopper.
The Mirror report that manager Jurgen Klopp has informed the board he is not interested in the Brazil international at a fee anywhere close to Roma’s asking price of £70million-plus.
It is said that with other targets like Jan Oblak, Timo Horn and Alex McCarthy also seemingly off the table, Klopp will now have to totally reassess his options in the coming days.
Despite Liverpool’s heavy interest in Alisson for several months now, this had always looked the likely outcome in the circumstances. Roma have been smarting all season about their decision to allow Mohamed Salah to join the Reds for a cut-price fee last summer, and they were always going to play hard ball with Alisson. The introduction of Real Madrid to the equation has made things even harder, with it looking as though the Brazilian has eyes on joining Los Blancos. In truth, Liverpool should not be too affected by this development, with there being a number of world-class operators available to them this summer between the sticks. In fact, this could be a good thing, with the club set to save millions on a cheaper deal for an alternative. Spending far more than £50million on a goalkeeper seems excessive and unnecessary, and Klopp will be able to strengthen his outfield more with that decreased spending in goal.