Liverpool Agree Record Breaking Fee To Sign Goalkeeper Alisson
Liverpool are on the verge of confirming the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson after agreeing a world record fee for a goalkeeper of €75 million, smashing the previous record held by Gianluigi Buffon.
The phrase 'costly mistake' has never been more relevant that Loris Karius' Champions League pair of aberrations. Not only did they cost Liverpool the chance to become six time champions but they've cost him his place as the Reds number one and the team a lot of money.
Karius signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2016 to become their number one. The first season saw him battle with Simon Mignolet but last season there was no doubt he was Jurgen Klopp's first choice keeper.
But mistakes led to questions over his future with Liverpool being linked with Roma's Alisson back in January, however nothing came of it.
Karius' mistakes in the Champions League final though left to inevitable questions about the possibility of him staying number one, despite his manager's pontifications that he still would be.
However in the past couple of days the rumours over an Alisson move have once against intensified and the Premier League side have now agreed a €75 million fee for the Roma keeper.
Liverpool agree fee with AS Roma for Alisson in region of £66m. Nothing to stop other clubs doing likewise, but Liverpool the first. Permission granted to speak to player.- paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 18, 2018
Alisson was Brazil's number one at the World Cup and is highly regarded as one of the best goalies in the world right now.
He has also been linked to Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois looking very likely to move to Real Madrid, whilst Real themselves have also been linked with a move for the Internacional keeper.
But Liverpool have always been the club most heavily linked with him and as soon as Karius messed up in the final against Zinedine Zidane's side back in May a move looked ever more likely.
Karius may not have been helped by the fact that he messed up in a pre-season friendly against Tranmere last week.
Manchester City's move for Ederson last summer was more expensive than Buffon's move from Parma to Juventus in pound sterling but the Italian's cost in Euros was still higher, which is what transfer records tend to be done in.
It's the second time this year that Liverpool have broken a world record in transfer fees having signed Virgil van Dijk for €84.5 million, a record for a defender.
Can Liverpool win the Premier League if they have a better goalkeeper?