Roma appear to have taken telling steps in preparations for life without in-demand goalkeeper Alisson.
The Brazilian no.1 has been heavily linked with Liverpool since the turn of the year, with the club’s interest seemingly intensifying following Loris Karius’ torrid Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Alisson has caught the eye of Europe’s elite sides thanks to a standout maiden season as Roma’s starting goalkeeper, in which he collected 17 clean sheets in 28 Serie A appearances.
Real Madrid have also entered the frame for his signature in recent days, as well as Chelsea in light of revelations that Thibaut Courtois is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Roma have made contact with Bayer Leverkusen over a proposed move for shot-stopper Bernd Leno, according to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport.
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Meanwhile, rumours have also fabricated a proposed transfer domino effect entailing Alisson moving to Chelsea and replacing Atletico Madrid-bound Courtois, leaving Jan Oblak to join Liverpool and Simon Mignolet to join Roma. A little far-fetched, perhaps.
Oblak has long-sat beside Alisson at the top of Klopp’s goalkeeping wish-list, although it has been suggested the Anfield boss could be put off by the Slovenian’s rumoured £80million asking-price.
That being said, Saturday’s European showdown in Kiev served as a final warning sign of the value of spending large on an assured and world class no.1
It’s for Oblak’s consistency over a number of years in La Liga that arguably present him as a more certified beacon of progress compared to Alisson’s relatively fresh impression.
Roma’s apparent search for a successor marks the first notable sign of Alisson’s availability this summer and makes him the most likely of the two to be targeted.