Roma have said that no Alisson deal is near, but that doesn’t mean Liverpool aren’t interested in the Roma shot stopper, and it doesn’t mean no contact has been made between the two clubs about a potential move for him this summer.
In fact, The Guardian claim there is both interest and contact—though no firm bid, at least not yet. They also say that Roma have set the price for the 25-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper at €90M (£79M) and are taking a wait and see approach.
While the Serie A club aren’t looking to sell, at that fee they would and they feel that with a strong World Cup showing for Alisson and with solid interest from both Liverpool and Real Madrid, it’s possible that in the end they would get it.
If they do, they’ll sell—most likely after Alisson and Brazil are done in Russia. If not, they’ll head into next season with a player widely regarded as one of the top five at his position in football. Either way, a deal isn’t likely to happen soon.
None of which means Alisson couldn’t eventually end up at Anfield, but if Liverpool are put off by the asking price as they were by Roma’s demands in January or if they aren’t willing to wait until after the World Cup, it may be time to move on.
Of course, with the way the recent deal for Fabinho was wrapped up, it feels more difficult now than ever to know exactly what’s actually going on—even while it’s easier than ever to have faith in the people getting it done.