A goalkeeping carousel involving some of Europe’s top clubs might be on the horizon, with Real Madrid seeking Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea wanting Roma’s Alisson as his replacement. And if then current Real Madrid number one Keylor Navas ends up at the Stadio Olimpico, we would be not too surprised.
Brazil have been out of the World Cup since July 6th, when they were downed by Courtois’ Belgium in a 2-1 loss. Most reports claimed offers would flood Roma’s mailbox once Brazil were out, but as of yet, nothing has happened, according to Roma director Monchi.
“There has been no change with regards to Alisson. I imagine all the teams who have been mentioned in the papers are looking for goalkeepers and he is one of the best.”
“But after that I cannot say anything more.”
It is rather expected that in an age where everything is done via third-parties, a proper bid has yet to arrive for Roma. By most accounts, it would take €70-75m to make them let go of Alisson, which would make him the most expensive goalkeeper ever.
“The will of Roma will count more than the player’s when it comes to Alisson. We always evaluate what is good for the club and I am not going to talk about replacements as I think Alisson will stay here.”
“We’ll think about it if the time comes to sell him and as per what I read in the papers, we will receive offers from all over the world, even the Germans.”
-Monchi; Source: Calciomercato.it via Inside Futbol
Roma’s financial situation has significantly improved, to the point where they may not need to sell their key players each and every window to stay in the black. If Chelsea do end up needing to replace Courtois, we’ll need to squeeze out every single penny possible for him from Real Madrid, to help convince Roma to sell his replacement.