Liverpool have signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson in a deal that makes the 25-year-old the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
Liverpool have announced the signing of Brazil international Alisson from Roma for a reported £65million, a deal that smashes the record for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper previously held by Gianluigi Buffon since 2001
Roma’s initial asking price for Alisson was £90m, quoted to Liverpool back in January but they decided to settle for a deal closer to £75m, and that the player was keen on a move to Merseyside.
Liverpool will pay £56m up front for Alisson, with £2.2m of that going to his former club, Internacional.
A further £9m could be paid in add-ons, which are dependant on Champions League qualification as well as Premier League and European wins.
Upon signing with the Reds, Alisson told the club’s official website: “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.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the signing, saying he needed to have a conversation with the club’s owners but they were on board with the move.
“At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers – then it’s not a long thought, to be honest, it’s only that you need to have a little talk with the owners!” Klopp told the club’s website. “They were quite excited, so we did it.”
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However, Klopp dismissed concerns over Alisson’s price, citing the realities of the market.
“I think it’s something we have to do,” he added. “He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it.
“It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. It will happen a lot in the next few weeks I guess and that’s it, so we are really happy to have him here now.”