BBC: Liverpool have made a reported offer of £62million, which is unfortunately £4m short of Roma’s asking price. The Italians are ‘considering the bid’, with talks at a relatively early stage.
JOE: The well-connected Melissa Reddy states that Liverpool are ‘cautiously optimistic’ of getting a deal done. ‘Talks have been progressing well,’ while suggestions that the initial bid is ‘short of the asking price by £4m’ is backed up.
Alisson is ‘enthused’ by the prospect of moving to Anfield, and ‘is appreciative of the work the Merseysiders have put into the pursuit since last year’. Roma are also ‘open to a sale’, providing someone pays what they want.
The caution in Liverpool’s optimism is because of Chelsea. The Reds are ‘minded’ by the fact their Premier League rivals could make a move for the Brazilian, with the likelihood of them having to replace Thibaut Courtois increasing. Chelsea did beat Manchester City to the signing of Jorginho, so they do have form.
TIMES: Liverpool are indeed ‘concerned’ by the looming spectre of Chelsea. Not so Real Madrid, who believe Alisson to be ‘overpriced’. But Liverpool are ‘anxious that they may be caught in a goalkeeping merry-go-round‘. That said, the Reds are the Brazilian’s ‘preferred club’.
DAILY MAIL: Klopp ‘has recognised that he must address the position if his team are to keep progressing’. They ‘first registered their interest’ in January before being rebuffed, but are back with requisite amounts of cash.
Other players they had targeted for the goalkeeping position include Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, whose release clause stands at £89m, and Nick Pope of Burnley. The Clarets want £20m for the World Cup keeper.
GUARDIAN: The £62m offer is kindly broken down by Fabrizio Romano and Andy Hunter, with one presumably holding the calculator while the other shouts out the numbers. They say the ‘initial offer’ is ‘of €70m’, which includes ‘€10m of add-ons’. So £53.2m up front, with £8.8m in clauses. But Roma want another €5m (£4.4m), which would take the overall price to €75m (£66.6m).
The fact that they are so close in terms of valuations has ‘increased confidence’ at Liverpool that a deal can be agreed in due course. The clubs do have ‘a good relationship’ after fair negotiations over the sale of Mohamed Salah last summer, but it is stated that will not necessarily work in Liverpool’ favour. Roma ‘would not hesitate to sell Alisson to any other club who match their valuation’.
Chelsea are again mentioned, while Real Madrid ‘have yet to make contact with Roma’. They clearly want Courtois.
DAILY MIRROR: The bad news is that Chelsea are ‘desperate’ to gazump Liverpool, and will even pay more than the Reds and ‘outdo’ them on wages. They ‘will send a team to Rome to negotiate’ with the offer of £70m.
David Anderson and Adrian Kajumba have not received the memo over Liverpool and Roma’s ‘good relationship’. They say the Italians ‘are determined to drive a hard bargain’ as they feel ‘shortchanged’ over Salah. As a result, they ‘want in excess of £66m for his signature’.
But Liverpool are ‘confident’, even with Chelsea ‘ready to pull the trigger’.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roma’s stance over Alisson has ‘shifted significantly’, while ‘the mood has shifted on Merseyside’. Roma were once insistent that Alisson was not for sale at any price, while ‘it is unlikely Liverpool will be put off’ by the valuation.
GOAL: To strengthen Liverpool’s resolve, Roma are already searching for replacements. Alphonse Areola of PSG is on their radar, as well as AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
GIANLUCA DI MARZIO: Yes, he of transfer legend and winding up British journalists by breaking embargoes, is in the thick of it. He says Liverpool have ‘detached’ from Chelsea in the race for Alisson, who ‘would have already had talks with’ Jurgen Klopp. Last time this happened, Liverpool had to grovel and apologise to Southampton over Virgil van Dijk.