LONDON - Liverpool are on the brink of making Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after agreeing a £67.5million deal with Roma. The Brazil international broke off from his holiday in Sardinia on Wednesday to head to Merseyside and is set to sign a six-year contract.
He will have a medical on Thursday after Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, reached an agreement with his Roma counterpart Monchi that will see the Anfield club pay £58.5m up front with £9m in add-ons. Liverpool’s first offer of £62m was rejected by Roma on Tuesday but manager Jurgen Klopp was adamant that no time should be wasted in order to see off competition from Real Madrid and Chelsea for the 25-year-old.
When asked if he was going to be active until the final day of the window on August 9, Klopp replied: "I don’t think so - I don’t hope so. Maybe something happens but it should not be the last day. I really thought the idea of moving the transfer window was good but only if we do it all together. In terms of squad planning, I am fine. In terms of football, we are in a good way but not where we want to be. A lot will come once the other boys are back.
"We will be fine at the end. At the moment, I am happy with the squad. Could something still happen? We will see. Big teams, successful teams - if you don’t buy it you have to build it. That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step. That is how it is. The team and squad is in a really good moment. We had a situation last season where we had 12 fit players. They know we need the depth in the squad. They know we need quality and they know if we win something, we will win it with 25 players."
The move for Alisson will almost double the previous record fee for a goalkeeper, set by Manchester City 12 months ago when they signed Ederson from Benfica for £35m. No problems are envisaged with regard to personal terms but Liverpool are anxious to get the deal concluded swiftly. Ideally Alisson will be confirmed as their fourth signing of the summer before they head to the United States on Friday.