Liverpool target Alisson agrees personal terms with Real Madrid as transfer looms

The Brazilian No.1 looks set to leave Roma for the Bernabeu (Picture: AFP)Liverpool look set to miss out on No.1 goalkeeper target Alisson after he agreed personal terms with Real Madrid, according to reports in Italy.

The Merseysiders have been in the market for a new shot-stopper following Loris Karius’ howlers in the Champions League final, while winners Real also want to upgrade on Keylor Navas.

Brazil and Roma keeper Alisson was identified by both clubs as their first-choice goalkeeper signing, and there had even been suggestions in Brazil that Liverpool had offered him a contract.

Florentino Perez joked that Liverpool were welcome to Alisson, but has secretly stepped up his pursuit (Getty)But now Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Real are winning the race for Alisson after the 25-year-old agreed to the terms offered by the Spanish giants.

It is claimed that, since making an opening offer of £44million plus bonuses which was rejected by Roma, Liverpool have yet to come back with a follow-up offer.

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That has allowed Real to jump in, negotiating a contract with Alisson’s entourage while making an initial offer of £48m to Roma – though the Italian side are hoping to receive closer to £70m.

Although the two clubs are someway apart in their valuation, Real are now expected to accelerate their pursuit of the Brazilian and there is growing optimism that a £52m bid, plus bonuses, could be accepted next week.

Alisson will start ahead of Man City star Ederson for Brazil at the World Cup (Picture: Getty)Although Real president Florentino Perez quipped that, for £70m, ‘Liverpool can buy [Alisson]’, he is keen to try and wrap up a deal.

Other goalkeeper target David de Gea looks set to sign a contract extension with Manchester United, ruling out a possible transfer, while Chelsea rejected Real’s informal approach for Thibaut Courtois.

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Liverpool offer contract to Roma keeper Alisson as transfer battle with Real Madrid heats up

The Brazilian No.1 does not want any distractions during the World Cup (Picture: Getty)Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has received a lucrative contract offer from Liverpool as the Reds look to beat Real Madrid to his signature, according to reports in his homeland.

The 25-year-old is believed to be Liverpool’s first choice to replace Loris Karius this summer, though they face significant competition from Real who are also looking to upgrade Keylor Navas.

Reports in Spain suggested the three-time Champions League holders were closing in on a deal for Alisson, who will cost around £70million – a record for a goalkeeper.

Alisson has asked his agents not to mention transfers until after Brazil’s World Cup opener (Getty)However, Globo Esporte report that Liverpool have stolen a march on Real and submitted a proposal to his agents as they begin negotiations with his entourage.

Neither club have made an official offer to Roma yet and Liverpool hope to capitalise on the fact that Real have only just appointed Julen Lopetegui and he needs time to assess Real’s transfer requirements.

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Lopetegui – sacked by Spain on Wednesday – was unveiled by Real at a press conference alongside president Florentino Perez on Thursday, and the topic of Alisson was brought up.

Perez replied: ‘There will be some [transfers], but few and special. They talk today about Alisson, but for €78m, let Liverpool buy him!’

Lopetegui was unveiled on Thursday and the Alisson rumours were brought up (Picture: Getty)According to Globo Esporte, Liverpool are desperate to convince Alisson before Real make their move, but the World Cup will delay any plans they have.

Alisson has told his representatives that he does not want to hear anything regarding transfers over the next few days as he prepares for Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday, and he will only consider Liverpool’s offer after the game.

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Liverpool ready to end interest in £79m Brazil goalkeeper Alisson as Real Madrid prepare move

Liverpool are unwilling to spend £79m on Alisson (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are ready to end their interest in Alisson, giving Real Madrid a clear run at signing the Roma goalkeeper.

Brazil’s number one for the 2018 World Cup enjoyed a fine season in Serie A and has been tipped for a move this summer, with a number of clubs interested in securing his services.

The Reds have held interest in Alisson for a number of months and Jurgen Klopp is expected to sign a goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ horror show in last month’s Champions League final.

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But Liverpool are expected to look at alternative targets as they are unwilling to spent £79million – Alisson’s buy-out clause – to strike a deal.

Sky Sports claim Liverpool’s decision to look elsewhere has boosted Real Madrid’s chances of signing Alisson. The reigning European champions are known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Thibaut Courtois, however, and are following his situation in west London closely.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to sign a goalkeeper this summer (Picture: Getty)If Belgium goalkeeper Courtois did leave Stamford Bridge, the Blues could look to sign Alisson as his replacement.

Alisson claimed 17 clean sheets for Roma in Serie A last term – the second-highest total behind only Napoli’s Pepe Reina.

This week, the Brazilian star revealed he hoped to have his future plans resolved before the start of the 2018 World Cup.

He told UOL Esporte: ‘I think everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup, that’s what I want.

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‘The truth is that I left everything in the hands of my agent. If everything is not resolved, it will be discussed after the World Cup.

‘Right now, I’m focused only on the World Cup.

‘There are some possibilities and we are working on all of them, together with Roma, always respecting the club. We’ll see if anything happens this week.’

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Alisson speaks out on Liverpool transfer: I want it sorted before the World Cup!

The Roma shot-stopper does not want any distractions in Russia (Picture: Getty)Brazil and Roma goalkeeper Alisson hopes to have his future sorted before the start of the World Cup amid increasing links with Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old, who is ahead of Manchester City star Ederson in the Brazilian pecking order, has been identified as Liverpool’s first choice to replace the beleaguered Loris Karius after his Champions League final errors.

However, Roma will demand his release clause of £79million – which is proving a sticking point – while Real have also shown an interest as they look to finally replace Keylor Navas.

Alisson will start ahead of Ederson for Brazil at the World Cup (Picture: Getty)And Alisson has spoken about the rumours for the first time and has revealed that an announcement could be made before Brazil kick off their campaign on Sunday June 17.

He told UOL Esporte: ‘I think everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup, that’s what I want.

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‘The truth is that I left everything in the hands of my agent. If everything is not resolved, it will be discussed after the World Cup.

‘Right now, I’m focused only on the World Cup.

Real Madrid have also shown interest in signing Alisson this summer (Picture: Getty)‘There are some possibilities and we are working on all of them, together with Roma, always respecting the club. We’ll see if anything happens this week.’

Only Napoli keeper Pepe Reina kept more clean sheets than Alisson (17) in Serie A last season, and he has earned the No.1 jersey for Brazil at this summer’s World Cup.

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Alisson’s agent denies transfer agreement with Real Madrid

Alisson has not agreed a deal with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The agent of Alisson has denied that Real Madrid have a deal in place to sign the Roma star.

Alisson has made 64 appearances for Roma since joining the club back in 2016 and the 25-year-old is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe.

The Brazilian’s outstanding form in Italy has seen him linked with a £79million switch this summer as Chelsea, Liverpool and Madrid all circle ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Cafu appeared to confirm Alisson’s move to Madrid earlier this week, but the shot-stopper’s agent, Ze Maria Neis, has rejected these claims.

‘The suggestion that he already has an agreement with Real Madrid is completely false,’ he told ForzaRoma.inf. 

Alisson’s agent hit back at Cafu’s claims (Picture: Getty)‘I do not see how Cafu can know more than I know.

‘Renewal? I have not talked to Monchi [Roma’s director of football] or anyone else yet.’

Monchi believes Alisson could still be at Roma next season (Picture: Getty)Roma’s director of football, Monchi, has poured cold water on the rumours that Alisson is set to leave this summer.

‘In order for a player to leave, there have to be three elements in place – an offer, a yes from the club and from the player,’ he stated earlier this week.

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‘As of today, we have nothing of the sort.

‘We are happy to keep him. Transfer rumours are normal at this stage.’

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How Mohamed Salah could hamper Liverpool’s hopes of signing goalkeeper Alisson

Roma are still smarting from the cut-price sale of Salah last season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s hopes of signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson have been complicated by their fractious relationship with the Italian side after last summer’s pursuit of Mohamed Salah, according to reports.

The defeated Champions League finalists have made signing a new shot-stopper their top priority this summer, with a new keeper already on the agenda even before Loris Karius’ mistakes against Real Madrid.

Brazil international Alisson, who is ahead of Manchester City star Ederson in the national team pecking order, has been earmarked by Liverpool as the man they want.

Brazil and Roma No.1 is Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper target this summer (Picture: Getty)However, The Times report that Roma are still smarting from Liverpool’s bargain purchase of Salah last summer and will force the Reds to pay way above the going rate for Alisson as a result.

Liverpool snapped up Salah – who scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, second only to Lionel Messi in Europe – for just £36.9million as Roma raced to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

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That price tag is now considered a bargain at twice the price, and Roma are prepared to impose a ‘Salah tax’ if Liverpool try to prise away another of their star men – especially after the Egyptian helped dump Roma out of the Champions League.

The Italian side will try to recoup some of the cash they feel they missed out on when they sold Salah on the cheap, and a bid of as much as £80m may be needed to secure a deal.

Salah helped dump Roma out of the Champions League and they’re not happy (Picture: Getty)That figure would make Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper of all time by an enormous margin, with compatriot Ederson’s move to Man City the current benchmark at just £35m.

Liverpool know, however, that a new No.1 goalkeeper is their most pressing issue this summer and will try to negotiate a deal with Roma regardless of their stance, especially as the Italian side once again need to raise funds due to FFP – even if they are determined not to let lightning strike twice.

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Antonio Conte insists he is not to blame for Chelsea selling Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was sold by Chelsea in 2016 (Picture: Getty)Antonio Conte has distanced himself from Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah back in 2016.

Salah had his first taste of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge but struggled to make an impact under Jose Mourinho.

The Egyptian was sent on loan to Roma during the 2015-16 and made his move permanent in the summer, shortly after Conte’s arrival at the club.

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But Conte insists he had no involvement in the decision to sanction Salah’s sale.

Asked whether the club asked for his opinion on Salah before selling him to Roma, Conte said: ‘No, I have never spoke about this because I think the situation was clear.

‘No one asked me about him, I don’t want to take this responsibility! I would be in trouble.’

Antonio Conte has distanced himself from the decision to sell Salah (Picture: PA)Despite struggling at Chelsea, Salah enjoyed two productive campaigns in Italy before joining Liverpool last summer.

Under Jurgen Klopp, the 25-year-old has scored over 40 goals, winning the PFA Player of the Year award and helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final.

‘I think this season for Salah is fantastic,’ Conte added. ‘We are talking about a really good player.

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‘I knew him in Italy but to wait for this type of season, it will be very difficult to predict this type of season for him.

‘He’s a player with special characteristics, good technique and very fast. This season I’m seeing a very clinical player, every opportunity, every chance he takes.’

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Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold had ‘nightmare’ against Roma, says Roy Keane

Trent Alexander-Arnold had a difficult night in Rome (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Roy Keane claimed Trent Alexander-Arnold had a ‘nightmare’ in the second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final with Roma.

The Reds reached the final with a remarkable 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma following a dramatic 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

Alexander-Arnold was outstanding in the first leg at Anfield but the 19-year-old right-back struggled on Wednesday night and was lucky not to concede a penalty after handling the ball in the area in the second-half.

Loris Karius also had a disappointing game in Rome and Keane believes Madrid can exploit the duo in the final on May 26.

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Asked if both Madrid and Liverpool will attack in the final, Keane told ITV Sport: ‘I think that is exactly what is going to happen.

‘Obviously it’s slightly different in the final – over the two legs there’s maybe different mentalities. We could look at Real Madrid and pick holes in them which we have done.

‘But they will be doing exactly the same as Liverpool. If you look at Liverpool tonight, the young right-back had a nightmare and the goalkeeper was poor.

‘Real Madrid will be rubbing their hands as much as Liverpool will be – that’s why it’s such an intriguing game.’

Keane admitted that Liverpool deserve to be in the final and praised the attitude of Jurgen Klopp’s players.

He said: ‘They’ve been fantastic. I don’t think we would have predicted at the start of the season that they would be in the Champions League final but they’ve just grown in strength.

‘I think they are great to watch, score plenty of goals, their team reflects the manager’s personality – full of energy and enthusiasm.

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‘They have recruited really well. Nobody would have predicted how well [Mohamed] Salah would have done.

‘They deserve to be in the final and I’m sure they will fancy their chances.’

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Sadio Mane fires warning at Real Madrid after Liverpool reach Champions League final

Sadio Mane says Liverpool can beat ‘any team in the world’ (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has issued a warning to Real Madrid by insisting Liverpool are capable of beating ‘any team in the world’.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Real in the Champions League final later in the month after they secured a 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma.

The Reds lost 4-2 in the second leg but still progressed to the final, which will take place in Kiev on May 26.

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Real Madrid reached a third successive Champions League final with a narrow victory over Bayern Munich and are the favourites to win the competition again.

But Mane is confident Liverpool can cause an upset and said: ‘If you have Real to face you have to think about them – they are one of the best teams in the world.

‘We are Liverpool, we are strong and we can beat any team in the world. We are going to do our best to go and win the final.’

Liverpool reached the Champions League final with victory over Roma (Picture: AP)While Liverpool’s focus is now on the Champions League final, they cannot afford to drop their domestic ambitions with fifth-placed Chelsea winning their last three games.

A victory over the Blues on Sunday would secure a top-four finish before the final weekend of the season.

‘I think it will be a little early to speak about the final because we have two more important games in the season,’ Mane added.

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‘Chelsea and next week Brighton – we have to win them to stay in the top four.’

Andrew Roberton, who has impressed for Liverpool since signing from Hull City last summer, is equally confident that the Reds can trouble ‘favourites’ Real Madrid.

‘Real Madrid have dominated this tournament for the last couple of years especially, have manged to get their hands on the trophy and will be favourites – probably rightly so,’ he said.

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‘No doubt bookies and punters will put them as favourites but we have been underdogs before and we can be quite dangerous at that.

‘There’s only two [teams] left in the tournament so we believe we can go on and win it. Hopefully it turns out that way.’

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Virgil van Dijk hits back at complaining Roma players after Liverpool reach Champions League final

Virgil van Dijk responds to Roma’s complains: ‘Who cares?’ (Getty Images)Virgil van Dijk has dismissed complaints from Roma’s players after Liverpool reached the Champions League final on Wednesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico but progressed to the final against Real Madrid on May 26 with a 7-6 victory on aggregate.

Roma, however, had two strong penalty claims turned down in the second half as Edin Dzeko was brought down by Loris Karius, while Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal-bound strike was blocked by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand.

But when asked about Roma’s two rejected penalty appeals, Van Dijk replied: Who cares? We’re through.

We had a couple of opportuities as well, so, yeah, that’s football.

The ref made the decisions together with the assistants, and if the game plays like it played today…fair play, we’re through.

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Asked what qualities Liverpool possess to trouble Real Madrid in the final, Van Dijk replied: ‘If you look at the way we play, the way we press, the way we dominate teams at times.

‘We need to be ready when the game is there.

‘But for now we need to enjoy for a couple of days then the full focus is on the Premier League because we still have a job to do.’

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