Liverpool and Real Madrid sent warning over £60m transfer target Alisson

Roma star Alisson has been linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Roma insist they are ‘not thinking about selling their best players’ as goalkeeper Alisson continues to be linked with a summer move.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are among the clubs said to be interested in signing the Brazil international, who has flourished since joining Roma two years ago.

Alisson was strongly linked with a move from Serie A last summer – Liverpool explored the possibility of bringing him to Anfield while Real were keen to make him Keylor Navas’ replacement.

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While the 25-year-old ended up staying put, he looks set to be the subject of more speculation come the summer.

Roma value Alisson at over £60million and have told interested clubs that they are not currently considering selling any of their star players.

Speaking to Radio Rai, Roma CEO Umberto Gandini said: ‘We are not thinking about selling our best players.

Alisson helped Roma progress in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Right now we are living a very important phase of our season. This club have always changed many players to improve.

‘The transfer window is dynamic, there big teams that change their identity to improve and not for economical reasons.’

Alisson, meanwhile, admitted this week that he was flattered to be linked with Real Madrid, telling Globoesporte: ‘Those links massage the ego, it cannot be denied.

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‘People get satisfaction from having recognition. I feel very happy to have that recognition.

‘It means that I am doing my job well, that they are watching me. ‘Even more so when one hears about Real Madrid.’

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Jurgen Klopp was said to be keen on signing a new first-choice goalkeeper last summer but his plans may have changed after Loris Karius’ impressive run in the side.

The 24-year-old German has replaced Simon Mignolet in-between the sticks, helping Liverpool climb to third in the Premier League and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Champions League quarter-final draw: Liverpool to play Manchester City, Juventus to meet Real Madrid

Liverpool will face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final. (AFP/Getty Images)Manchester City will face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Real Madrid will meet Juventus.

Elsewhere, Barcelona face Roma, while Bayern Munich will play Sevilla.

The first legs will be played on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April, with the return legs on 10 and 11 April.

Liverpool reached the last eight after comfortably seeing off Porto in the last-16, while Manchester City also cruised through the last round by beating Swiss champions Basel 5-2 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have already played Pep Guardiola’s men twice in the Premier League this season.

The first fixture at the Etihad Stadium in September ended in a 5-0 victory for City after the visitors had Sadio Mane controversially sent off in the first half.

Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September. (AMA/Getty Images)

But Liverpool beat City 4-3 at Anfield in January. (Getty Images)


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In the return game at Anfield in January, Liverpool held off a late comeback from the Premier League leaders to win 4-3.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid play Juventus in a repeat of last year’s Champions League final, which Zinedine Zidane’s side won 4-1.

Barcelona last faced Roma in the Champions League group stage in the 2015-16 season, drawing 1-1 in Italy and securing a 6-1 victory at Camp Nou.

Bayern Munich have never met Sevilla in Europe.

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Who Manchester City and Liverpool could face in Champions League quarter-final draw

Man City and Liverpool are in the Champions League quarter-final draw. (Getty Images)Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two Premier League clubs remaining in the Champions League ahead of Friday’s quarter-final draw.

Manchester United suffered a surprise exit at the hands of Sevilla on Tuesday evening, while on Wednesday night, Chelsea were unable to get the better of Barcelona at Camp Nou.

That means City and Liverpool are England’s only representatives in Friday’s quarter-final draw, which begins at 11am.

But who can they face – and more importantly – who will they want to avoid in the draw?

Liverpool hammered their way past Porto in the last-16. (EPA)

Man City beat Basel to reach the last eight of the Champions League. (Getty Images)



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City and Liverpool could face each other as in the quarter-final stage, teams from the same nation can be drawn together.

But both teams could also face tricky ties against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

On paper, the two teams City and Liverpool would want to face are Roma and Sevilla, although both sides have proven to be capable of getting results against Premier League sides in recent years.

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When is the Champions League draw, quarter-final fixtures and 2018 final date?

The Champions League quarter-final draw is this week (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United and Tottenham have been dramatically dumped out of the Champions League, but there is still plenty of British interest as the quarter-finals approach.

Liverpool and Manchester City have guaranteed their places in the last eight, whilst Chelsea will try and knock Barcelona out of the competition on Wednesday evening.

We are now reaching the business end of the tournament with no easy draws left and huge pressure on players and managers involved.

Here’s when the remaining draws and fixtures will take place…

Liverpool are into the last eight (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?

The draw takes place on Friday, March 16 at 11am GMT, at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Manchester City are favourites to win the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images)When will the quarter-finals take place?

The first legs are being played on April 3 and 4, with the second legs played on April 10 and 11.

Are any teams kept apart in the draw?

No, by the last eight, anyone can draw anyone.

So we could see an all-Premier League tie in the quarter-finals, or an all-Italian affair between Juventus and Roma, for example.

Can Chelsea make it past Barcelona into the quarter-finals? (Picture: Getty Images)When are the semi-finals and final?

Semi-final draw – April 13

Semi-final first legs – April 24&25

Semi-final second legs – May 1&2

Final – May 26

Juventus beat Tottenham to make the last eight (Picture: Getty Images)Where is the final being held?

The showpiece match will be played at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on May 26, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

The stadium can hold 70,000 and hosted the final of Euro 2012 when Spain beat Italy 4-0.

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Roma respond to rumours that Liverpool made last-ditch transfer bid for Alisson

Alisson is firmly on Liverpool’s radar (Picture: Getty)Roma have denied that any offers were made for Alisson in the January transfer window.

Liverpool were linked with a number of goalkeepers before the window closed, including Alisson, Jan Oblak and Kevin Trapp, but the Merseyside giants only managed to bring in defender Virgil van Dijk.

Reports suggest the Reds made a last-ditch bid to sign Alisson but their offer for the 25-year-old Brazilian was immediately rejected by Roma.

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Jurgen Klopp remains frustrated with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius and is expected to make another move for Alisson in the summer.

However, asked whether there were any official bids for Alisson in January, Monchi responded: ‘Did any offers come in for Alisson? No.

Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing the Roma goalkeeper (Picture: Getty)

Monchi has denied that Liverpool made an offer for the ‘keeper (Picture: Getty)‘It’s too early to talk about the next transfer window, it’s not very useful talking today, February 1, about who will stay or go.

‘Let’s start talking about play, technique, tactics – that would be more useful for everyone.’

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It’s understood Roma were demanding a fee of around £44million for Alisson as a result of his strong performances in Italy this term.

The Brazil international is tied into a contract at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2021.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge agrees Inter Milan move

The striker has given his approval to a move to Italy, with Roma also keen (Picture: Getty)Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a move to Italy in the January transfer window after agreeing to join Inter Milan, according to reports.

The injury-prone forward has not made a Premier League appearance since the end of November and only has three goals in all competitions this season, but remains eager for first-team action in a World Cup year.

And he is prepared to move to Italy to get it, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that Sturridge has agreed to join Inter.

Sturridge has had a number of hamstring issues this season (Picture: Getty)The only remaining stumbling block is whether the Italian side bring Sturridge in on loan or seek a permanent deal, with Liverpool asking for a fee somewhere between £17.5m and £26m.

Inter also have a few reservations about Sturridge’s injury history, though are conscious that they will need to move quickly to wrap up a deal.

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The Nerazzurri are not the only Italian club interested in Sturridge, with Roma putting him top of their wish list to replace Edin Dzeko should the Bosnian move to Chelsea.

Sturridge has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure in charge of the club, with even summer arrival Dominic Solanke now ahead of him.

Sturridge netted his two league goals this season against Arsenal and Huddersfield (Picture: Getty)The 28-year-old has been sidelined through injury since the start of December, and has played just 514 minutes of football this season.

Sturridge was prolific in the 2013-14 Premier League campaign alongside then strike partner Luis Suarez, scoring 21 goals, though he has not hit double figures in any season since then and only scored three league goals last year.

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Chelsea close to securing £20m deal for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri

Emerson Palmieri is nearing a move to Chelsea. (Getty Images)Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.

The Premier League champions are looking to strengthen the left side of their defence and are targeting players who could provide competition for Marcos Alonso.

Palmieri, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, has barely featured for Roma this season due to a knee injury and has played just 16 minutes of football in Serie A so far.

But the Brazilian left-back is now close to completing a move to Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.

Emerson Palmieri. (Getty Images)The report also claims that the 23-year-old will cost the Premier League champions £20 million.

‘There’s still nothing certain, we are in a stage of discussion and evaluations,’ Palmieri’s agent Fernando Garcia told Calciomercato.

Asked if the transfer could be finalised this month, Garcia replied: ‘Of course, yes, absolutely.

‘The two clubs are now talking, we’ll see if it will be successful.’

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But the Brazilian is said to be excited by the prospect of being managed by Antonio Conte.

‘It would be a dream,’ said Garcia.

‘Conte is a top manager, one of the best and most successful in the world.’

Palmieri is yet to feature for Roma in the Champions League this term, which means that if he secured a move to Chelsea he would be able to play in the knockout stages.

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Liverpool in pole position as Emerson Palmieri is offered to the Premier League

Liverpool and Chelsea are battling to sign Emerson Palmieri (Picture: Getty)Roma are attempting to sell Emerson Palmieri to the Premier League and Liverpool are reportedly favourites to sign the left-back.

Chelsea made an enquiry to sign Emerson this January after missing out on the defender in the summer transfer window, but the Blues look set to be beaten to the Brazilian’s signature.

While Juventus are also keen on Emerson, it’s understood Roma will avoid selling the full-back to a direct Serie A rival and are looking for a potential suitor in England.

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La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests Liverpool are in pole position to complete a deal for the former Santos man.

It’s claimed Roma are demanding a fee of around £22million for Emerson, with the Italian outfit desperate to cash in amid their financial difficulties.

Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in signing Emerson Palmieri (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea missed out on signing Alex Sandro in the summer (Picture: Getty)Emerson has made only two appearances for Roma this season after only recently returning from a serious injury.

It’s believed Roma are more willing to let Emerson leave this January than the likes of Kevin Strootman or Radja Nainggolan.

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Liverpool have been on the hunt for a left-back since last summer, but Andrew Robertson has made the position his own at Anfield this term.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were desperate to land Alex Sandro in the summer but the Premier League champions refused to match Juventus’ £60m asking price for the full-back.

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Chelsea in contact with Roma over January move for Liverpool target Emerson Palmieri

Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to strengthen his squad this month (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have made an enquiry to sign Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri from Roma, reports say.

Antonio Conte was determined to sign a left back during the summer transfer window but failed to bring his number one target, Alex Sandro, to Stamford Bridge.

The former Italy boss remains keen to bolster his options in that position but, with Juventus fighting hard to keep Sandro at the club, he has been forced to look at alternative options.

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the reigning Premier League champions have contacted Roma to ask about the possibility of signing 23-year-old Palmieri.

Having only just recovered from a serious injury, the Brazilian has made only two appearances for Roma this season but is no stranger to speculation.

Roma defender Emerson Palmieri has emerged as a target for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Roma set asking price for Alisson as Liverpool line up summer transfer

Alisson is valued at £44m by Roma. (Getty Images)Liverpool will need to spend around €50 million (£44m) to sign Alisson from Roma, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new goalkeeper as Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have both failed to convince when given the opportunity.

Mignolet admits he is considering his future at Anfield after he was dropped for Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

The Belgian admits he is unhappy with Jurgen Klopp’s decision to bench him and has held talks with the Liverpool manager about his situation.

Simon Mignolet is unhappy after being dropped (Getty Images)Karius, meanwhile, was signed from Mainz for £4.7m in 2016 but has struggled to hold down a regular role as Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper.

And according to The Times, Klopp will address his goalkeeping issue in the summer with a new signing.

Alisson is under serious consideration after his impressive season at Roma but the report claims that the Serie A club value the Brazilian at €50m (£44m).

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