Manchester City raised eyebrows last year when they shelled out £34.9million to sign Ederson from Benfica, a world record (in £) for a goalkeeper.
The Brazilian had impressed in Portugal and in Champions League appearances, but there was always going to be an element of risk importing him at such a price to the Premier League.
It’s safe to say Ederson has been good value for money. However, he remains Brazil’s second-choice goalkeeper behind Alisson Becker, and breaking news in the past hour confirms Alisson is set to not only break Ederson’s transfer record, but smash it.
Liverpool, in their search to replace error-prone Loris Karius as number one, have agreed a fee of £66million-plus with Roma for Alisson. Chelsea have also been rumoured to enter the bidding, but Jurgen Klopp’s men are closest to signing the 25-year-old.
The fee will almost double what City shelled out for Ederson a year ago, with Liverpool set to have the most expensive goalkeeper and most expensive centre-back (Virgil van Dijk) in history in their squad next season, giving Klopp no excuses not to win trophies.
Liverpool agree fee with AS Roma for Alisson in region of £66m. Nothing to stop other clubs doing likewise, but Liverpool the first. Permission granted to speak to player.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 18, 2018
#LFC have agreed a fee of £66.8m with Roma for Alisson
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 18, 2018
The signing will further put Liverpool in a position to mount a title challenge against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who have added only Riyad Mahrez to the squad this summer, with Pep apparently happy with what he has despite missing out on Jorginho.
Liverpool have invested heavily to sign Naby Keïta, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, with Alisson now close to following. There is also talk of a renewed effort to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon after a pre-World Cup deal collapsed.
Will the scousers be City’s fiercest challengers in the 2018-19 season? They are certainly showing the intent to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League.