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Liverpool or Real Madrid? Roma President has his say on Alisson’s next destination

Alisson’s future is all set to be sorted with Roma close to agreeing on a deal with Real Madrid

After an encouraging start – finalising Fabinho’s transfer within hours -the summer transfer window has taken a disastrous turn for Liverpool. Just last week, Jurgen Klopp saw the Nabil Fekir deal collapse and now he set to lose out on another top target. Roma’s Alisson is on his way to the Spanish capital with the goalkeeper all set to become Julien Lopetegui first signing at Real Madrid.

The Reds had been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper ever since it became clear that Loris Karius was not good enough to be the No.1 of a Premier League winning team early in the season. The search intensified, however, when his error-strewn performance in the Champions League final effectively cost the Merseysiders their 6th European title. Alisson was their top target but a deal now looks out of the realms of possibility.

The 25-year-old’s representatives are in contact with Real Madrid. A deal worth £68.3 is could be finalised as soon as this weekend. When James Palotta, Roma President was approached by Naples based website Areanapoli.it he revealed that Real Madrid will indeed be his prized asset’s next destination. He was asked whether Alisson could possibly move to Naples and he replied:

“No, [Napoli President Aurelio] De Laurentiis doesn’t want to spend all his money.”

“€78 million is needed and he is close to joining Real Madrid.”

Florentino Perez has been looking to sign a new No.1 since Iker Casillas with the president never actually convinced of Keylor Navas’s abilities. But the Costa Rican had a huge backer in Zinedine Zidane. Now, with Zidane gone, it appears that Perez has finally had his way.

However, Palotta did give subsequent statements seemingly going back on his word. Claiming that he was just ‘joking around’, he said:

“There was nothing serious about anything I said whilst making Pizza. Just stupid American humour that some don’t get.”

Author’s Take

A big blow for Liverpool. With Nabil Fekir already dead in water, two of their top target will not be moving to Anfield now and Klopp will have to rethink his entire transfer strategy. Real Madrid, meanwhile, will get Brazil’s No.1 for a fee that is par of the course given the status of today’s transfer market.

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