Liverpool in the end might not even make a move to sign Roma’s 25-year-old Brazilian star goalkeeper Alisson Becker, but the Serie A side are said to be making plans for if the Reds—or some other club—do manage to pry him away in the summer.
This according to L’Equipe, who claim insight not into the inner workings of the Roma hierarchy but rather into Ligue 1 side Toulouse, the club Alisson’s replacement might end up being sourced from according to France’s top football outlet.
They claim that Roma have been heavily scouting Alban Lafont this season, though if they have been they won’t have been alone in that given the highly talented 19-year-old has also reportedly been tracked by Arsenal and Napoli this year.
Both clubs have been linked with Lafont, with the young shot stopper already talked about as the kind of player who might be ready to step in to replace Petr Cech at Arsenal or Pepe Reina at Napoli. Or, just maybe, to replace Alisson at Roma.
With ten clean sheets in 29 league appearances, Lafont just might be—but moving from Ligue 1 to either the Premier League or Serie A would be a big step up for him. If L’Equipe are to be believed, though, that’s a move that’s likely coming.
And it’s a move that’s likely coming because Roma aren’t expecting to still have Alisson around in goal for the start of the 2018-19 season. Which could end up being rather good news for Liverpool’s hopes of signing him.
Or it could end up being something of a transfer rumour house of cards and in the end Loris Karius earns the long-term starting job at Anfield while Alisson stays at Roma and Lafont in turn stays put for at least another season.