Sampdoria director of football Walter Sabatini claims to have the inside track on transfers in Italy and says Alisson is heading to Chelsea.
Sabatini, 63, who spent six years as Roma’s sporting director after he was hired by James Pallotta to replace Daniele Prade thinks Roma will not be able to resist the advances of Chelsea.
Alisson is a target for the Blues, Liverpool and Real Madrid and reports from Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday claimed Liverpool had lodged a £58million bid for the Brazilian keeper.
Sabatini though has spoken to Il Corriere dello Sport and released a few interesting updates about the summer transfer window.
“I am trying to recover from the ‘illness or Roma’,”Sabatini said.
“Roma are not Sabatini: ‘Liverpool and Real Madrid target will join Chelsea.’
“Alisson? I think they are going to sell him for €70million. You have to sell a goalkeeper for this fee. I don’t think Roma will offer him a €5/6 million-a-year deal. It’s not in their style.
“Roma is a state of mind that I need to forget, I can’t carry it with me forever. Inter? They have amazing fans, it didn’t worked well for me because a few rules changes. I was supposed to build an international network of youth players. And I worked for Suning, not for Inter.
“Ferrero (Massimo)? He knows what he wants, he has his targets and wants us to reach them. He is an amazing comedian.
“(Marco) Giampaolo? He is an excellent manager but he is too close. He needs to be open to more options otherwise I have little choice to sign players.
“Monchi? We are different, we have different methods. Strootman? He will be my hero forever, he plays football every day not just on Sunday but after Radja’s exit that’s not my Roma side anymore.”