Klopp hatches back-up plan as Liverpool baulk at £70m Alisson fee

Date published: Wednesday 28th March 2018 11:15 - Oli Fisher

Liverpool have switched goalkeeping targets and are now set to move for a Porto star, according to the latest reports.

Speculation has suggested that Jurgen Klopp has identified Roma No.1 Alisson as his priority for the summer, however the Serie A club have reportedly slapped a £70m price tag on the 25-year-old.

Klopp is still looking for a fix to his goalkeeping quandary, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both not deemed as long-term options, despite the latter claiming the starting spot in recent weeks.

However, Liverpool are not willing to pay the £70m to sign Alisson amid interest from Real Madrid, and have now switched focs.

Spanish outlet Mi Otra Liga claim that the Reds are in for current Porto star and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas.

The 36-year-old featured for Porto in their Champions League exit against Liverpool, being applauded off the field before posting a picture after the game of him embracing Klopp with the caption: “Respect Champions League. Never walk alone.”

 

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Casillas’ agent – Carlo Cutropia – responded to links with Liverpool last October.

“Of the crazy stuff I have seen, this is the craziest,” he told Radio Renascena. “It is crazy and there is no truth in it. “Casillas is calm and happy at Porto and he wants to play, logically, just like any footballer.

“I believe that Iker and the manager speak every day, but there are issues between the manager and the player.

“You have to give it time but there is complete calm. I am reading many things in the press, everything is false, and it leaves me surprised, and that’s it.”

 

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