After a recent up-tick in form, many Liverpool fans are hoping that Loris Karius has turned a corner in his career, becoming the well-groomed superstar we hoped he would be when he signed in the summer of 2016 from Mainz 05. At the moment, it seems as if he’ll at least get until the end of the season to prove himself.
But Liverpool are clearly keeping their options open.
One of those options is Brazilian and Roma number one Alisson. Well, according to reports out today, that option could get much more expensive if Roma and Alisson can agree to a bumper deal. Alisson wants more money. Roma wants a large (though, in today’s market...) buy-out.
According to reports from Italian outlet Calciomercato (so please take it with a large grain of salt), Alisson is seeking a pay bump €1.5 million per year (~€29,000 per week), to €5 million (~€96,000 per week). In return, the club would like to insert an €90 million (£80 million) release clause into his contract.
With Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain rumored to be sniffing around, Roma appear to be resigned to losing Alisson. In return, they’d like a big pay-day, not being rinsed again, as was the case with Mohamed Salah. And with Jan Oblak’s release rumoured to be in the territory of £100 million, this seems like a reasonable asking price from Roma (again, with the caveat that none of these numbers are actually reasonable).