Liverpool must reportedly bid a world record amount in order to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson, that’s according to Italian expert Tancredi Palmeri.
Palmeri has revealed that the Reds have already seen a £44m bid rejected for the stopper by the Serie A outfit, who want £61m to prize him away – a world record fee for a goalkeeper.
Alisson is a top target for a number of European clubs, but Liverpool seem the most keen to get a deal struck as they are desperate to replace Champions League final flop Loris Karius.
However, Palmeri says Liverpool had a long standing interest in the goalkeeper and have had a bid rejected in the past, with Klopp’s side being told they must pay a whopping £61m for the Brazilian.
“In February, Liverpool’s €50m [£44m] assault was dismissed: if Roma sells, it will only be breaking through the record for the highest paid goalkeeper in history, still held by [Gianluigi] Buffon since 2001,” Tancredi wrote for Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web.
“The assessment [valuation] is €70m [£61m].
“The point is that Liverpool aside, none of the top clubs right now really need a great goalkeeper (in Paris they should settle for Gigione [Buffon]).
“Provided that [Thibaut] Courtois or [David] De Gea do not move, maybe [he could go in the] direction [of] Madrid.
“And well, at that point, Rome, which after a lot of money has not really needed [to sell], but it would be difficult to refuse to enter the Guinness Book of Records on the side of the cashier.”