UPDATE: Liverpool media appear fairly convinced that this is happening for them.
LFC have lodged bid in region of £62m for Roma keeper Alisson.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) July 17, 2018
Offer is £53m up front with a further £9m in add ons. Discussions ongoing. #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 17, 2018
#LFC are cautiously optimistic of securing Roma's Alisson, valued at £66 million, in what would be a world record deal for a goalkeeper. Talks are progressing well. Player has indicated his willingness to move to Anfield.— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) July 17, 2018
AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson is one of the biggest names in the transfer market at the moment, thanks to his involvement in a potential merry-go-round of goalkeepers between Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, and his current club.
While none of the potential buyers have submitted any actual bids to any of the potential sellers in this carousel yet, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Liverpool are now first in line for the Brazil’s No.1. They claim the Reds have the “most appropriate offer” of all, as they are willing to part with €70m (€60m initial fee + €10m in bonuses) to get him from Roma. But the Giallorossi’s asking price is closer to €75-80m, so that seems not so appropriate after all.
To be clear, there aren’t any actual agreements or bids to consider, as per a report from Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia), though as evidenced in our saga with Napoli to sign Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho, we live in an era of agents and intermediaries in which the clubs themselves are the last to get involved.
At the end of the day, the lack of anything concrete in this situation makes sense. Chelsea have not sold Courtois (yet), and so there is no need to add a new goalkeeper (yet). Any talks would have to revolve around hypothetical developments. Liverpool meanwhile have claimed that they are keeping faith in Loris Karius despite his costly mistakes in the Champions League final. And so we wait for someone to get proactive. Or not.