Liverpool have completed the world-record signing of goalkeeper Alisson – and with it their summer transfer business.
It is understood that the Reds have agreed to pay a guaranteed £56million up front, with £53.8m going to Roma and £2.2m to the Brazil international’s former club Internacional.
They will pay a further £9m in add-ons, dependant on Champions League qualification and also wins in that competition, Europa League or Premier League.
Alisson, 25, has signed a six-year contract.
Although they have smashed the existing fee for a goalkeeper, which was the £35million Manchester City paid for Ederson, the fee is well below the £90million Liverpool were quoted by the Serie A club in May.
It is understood Roma dropped the price to £75million last month but a deal was able to be struck for a total of £65million, including bonuses.
A swift conclusion to the transfer was necessary as Chelsea were interested, but the Blues had to finalise the future of Real Madrid target Thibaut Courtois before they could act and that allowed Liverpool to steal a march on their Premier League rivals.
Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning.
“In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family.
“You can be certain that I’ll give my all.”
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