On Tuesday morning, we covered an article from Gazzetta dello Sport which stated Liverpool have presented the ‘most appropriate offer’ for Alisson.
The bid was said to be €60m plus a further €10m in bonuses, and Liverpool were very much on pole, despite AS Roma holding out for an ambitious €75-80m.
Gazzetta said that despite the difference in offer and asking price, an agreement ‘isn’t far’.
Chelsea were lurking in the background.
Given they claimed that on Tuesday morning and then pretty much everyone else followed, it’s worth seeing what they have for Liverpool fans today.
In typical Gazzetta style, the newspaper states ‘Who says that passionate loves should be long and necessarily end badly?’
They’re not talking about the Reds and their pursuit of a goalkeeper, but rather Alisson and Roma. It’s explained that a transfer could work well for everyone involved and shouldn’t leave a bad taste.
The Italian newspaper covers everyone else covering their claims, but still states Liverpool’s €70m (in total) offer is ‘one step away’ from Roma’s €75m wish.
This would suggest the difference can be made up of bonuses. It could be worth throwing a Champions League winning one in there, because who cares about an extra €5 when the goalkeeper is lifting old big ears?!
A good relationship between the owners of both clubs is referenced once again, as is the courtship of Firmino and Jurgen Klopp’s telephone efforts. All of this leads Gazzetta to say Liverpool are a ‘step away’ from a ‘happy ending’.
The danger is presented as Chelsea who it’s ‘whispered’ would be willing to offer higher wages to offset not having the Champions League next season.
Today may be ‘the decisive day’ because one of Alisson’s agents has arrived in Rome and will meet Monchi.