If Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed on Thursday, then Loris Karius’ latest mistake in goal for Liverpool has forced the Reds to go big on Alisson.
While the Italian newspaper don’t state that explicitly, the fact they now have a big spread on the Premier League side overtaking both Chelsea and Real Madrid probably isn’t a coincidence.
According to Gazzetta, Liverpool are ready to offer €60m + €5m in bonuses to AS Roma in order to sign the Brazil international, and that bid could be made either on Thursday or, at the latest, on Friday.
While it isn’t the €70m the Serie A side are asking for, it’s certainly very close, and the Reds’ next task will be to convince Alisson to ignore his pre-agreement with Real Madrid and move to Merseyside.
In order to do that, they have a five-year, €6m/year plus bonuses contract waiting for him, which is more than what the La Liga giants had on the table, and very similar to what Chelsea had in mind.
However, Roma aren’t prepared to wait forever, as they know that if Alisson leaves, they’ll need to find a replacement, so the sooner this is over for them, the better.
The stance remains ‘we open negotiations at €70m’, but considering they are yet to receive an offer, it will be interesting to see what their reaction would be if presented with €65m.
For a club like Roma, that’s a hell of a lot of money.