Earlier today, Liverpool and Roma agreed a £66M deal and the Reds were given permission to formally open discussions over terms with the player. Now, according to multiple reports out of Italy, a deal with the player has been agreed.
Alisson will officially be unveiled as Liverpool’s newest signing, pending the completion of the medical, within a matter of days. He will become the club’s the fourth new arrival of the summer following Naby Keïta, Fabinho, and Xherdan Shaqiri.
His signing will also set a new record for a goalkeeper, eclipsing the €52M Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001—though it should perhaps be noted that when taking transfer inflation into account that fee would pass €200M today.
Liverpool had previously looked content to stick with Loris Karius for the coming season despite an unfortunate end to the 2017-18 campaign for the German who, while concussed, struggled in the Champions League final.
The mitigating circumstances of Karius poor performance and an acceptance of the fact that Alisson favoured a Real Madrid move all seemed to add up to no expectation of a deal. When things then changed, they changed quickly.
Madrid, impressed by Thibaut Courtois at the World Cup and seeing a bargain in the Chelsea ‘keeper with just one year left on his current deal, switched targets. Meanwhile, Karius struggled in pre-season, showing a worrying lack of confidence.
A move for Alisson all of a sudden seemed both plausible and necessary, and so Liverpool moved quickly and the promise of Champions League football and playing for Jürgen Klopp made them heavy favourites against Chelsea.
The Blues, as a result, are now rumoured to be looking a AC Milan’s Gianlugi Donnarumma with it having quickly become clear they could not beat Liverpool to the signing of Alisson once the Reds made a serious push for him.