Roma’s general manager Mauro Baldissoni has shed light on the club’s decision-making process regarding the future of in-demand goalkeeper Alisson.
The Brazilian shot-stopper has attracted attention from across Europe courtesy of his lasting impression in his first season as starter with the Serie A club.
Having spent the 2016/2017 campaign as understudy to Wojciech Szczęsny, the 25-year-old stepped into the starting role following the Pole’s departure and has since proven a tough obstacle to breach.
Liverpool have surfaced as avid admirers of the man currently keeping Manchester City’s Ederson out of the Brazil team.
Baldissoni has hinted the club will take a number of factors into consideration, including the player’s wishes.
He told Sky Italia: “The higher our revenue is, the more competitive we will be. We are committed to growing the club, and selling players can help us do to this sometimes. It is a tactic used by many clubs. Our results have proved us right and we will continue on this path.”
“Alisson? The club will decide whether we want to sell him based on what is being offered to us, as well as the player’s will. If everyone has an agreement, then a decision will be made.”
Alisson was left exposed by his defence as Liverpool ran riot over their two Champions League semi-final clashes, having few opportunities to flaunt his talent.
At first glance, he offers a commanding presence and stature capable of immediately injecting confidence into his defenders in set-piece and crossing scenarios – something Loris Karius is still striving to achieve.
He has also amassed a striking collection of sharp reflex saves as well as making regular appearances on the showreel with his composure on the ball.
Undeniable improvement has seen Karius cement his no.1 status at Liverpool for the time-being, but there is no harm in giving him fierce competition in the summer in light of potential inconsistency from the German.
Now is the time to throw money at transforming this club into realistic title challengers.