Brazilian and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker is expected to arrive in Liverpool on Friday (today) to undergo his medical and complete a £67m move from Roma.
Liverpool were believed to have tabled a £62m bid for the signing of the Brazilian goalkeeper £4m less than Roma’s asking price, but when speculations arises and linked Premier League rival Chelsea to the signing of the goalkeeper, the Reds had no choice than to move quickly to ensure they got their man.
The goalkeeper had been on holiday in Sardinia after his country – Brazil’s World Cup campaign ends, but believed to have cut short his holiday and on Wednesday evening he boarded a flight from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Manchester.
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Alisson was asked whether he had anything to say about his summer move to Liverpool he said nothing but just that he wanted to say a very big thanks to the Serie A club fans.
“I want to say thanks to Roma fans. Now it’s time for a new adventure.”
It was reported by the Liverpool Echo that goalkeeper has “agreed personal terms” with Liverpool on a five-year deal, although the South American won’t be part of the Merseysiders plans for their pre-season to US, having more time off to recover from his performance at World Cup.
Alisson teammate Diego Perroti told Sky Sports Italia that he was sorry to see the goalkeeper leave the club this summer as no one believed he could decide to face the exit door this summer.
“He was a really important goalkeeper for us and his saves rescued a lot of points and games last season, but that is football.
“He’s a great guy, was a strong part of the locker room dynamic and we’re sorry to see him go, but life is like that.
The signing of Alisson is likely to be the last bit of business for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp this summer, reports the Daily Mirror, even though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for the whole of next season with a knee injury.