Liverpool remain interested in Alisson despite the Roma keeper being “close” to a transfer to Real Madrid.
Roma owner James Pallotta, who previously vowed to keep hold of the Brazilian keeper, has now declared that his player is heading for the Bernabeu.
“Alisson has a high market value, around €78million,” Pallotta is quoted as saying.
“He is close to Real Madrid, while [Radja] Nainggolan will join Inter Milan”.
Italian paper AS report that Liverpool remain interested, contrary to reports from the Liverpool Echo and Sky Sports, who have claimed the Reds have pulled out of a move for the player.
The Brazilian stopper has been Liverpool’s number one target for the past six months after Jurgen Klopp decided to move on from Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.
A report in El Mundo Deportivo claimed that the Champions League winners had lodged a €60m bid for Alisson, but that Roma are chasing closer to €80m.
The 25-year-old, who has also been linked with Chelsea, is under contract until 2021 but Mundo Deportivo reports that the player’s agent has secured a five-year deal with option for a sixth at The Bernabeu.
Real’s initial bid is believed to be €55m plus €5m in bonuses for the Brazil No.1, whereas Roma are refusing to budge on their asking price – a fee that is almost certain to rule Klopp’s men out of the race for his signature too.
For their part, the Reds are actively looking at other options and are set to make contact with Lazio this week in an effort to test the water over Thomas Strakosha.