The transfer rumour mill rarely stops chugging along and the buzz surrounding Liverpool's pursuit of Roma's Brazilian stopper Alisson has amplified today with a report from Sky Sports correspondent Gianluca DiMarzio that Roma have reached an agreement for a potential replacement for the 25-year-old.
DiMarzio writes that Roma have identified Malmo 19-year-old Marko Johansson as a target, should Alisson leave in the summer. DiMarzio reports that while Roma sporting director Monchi has agreed a dead in principle with the Swedish club, Johannson will only move if he is guaranteed a starting place elsewhere and with Alisson currently installed as Brazil's number one, it seems to be a case of one or the other as Roma prepare for life without the 25-year-old.
DiMarzio also states that while Liverpool are very interested in signing Alisson, Real Madrid lead the race for the goalkeepers signature as they already have a deal in place with the Brazilian's agent.
There is still much uncertainty surrounding the number one spot at Anfield. Lloris Karius has impressed in goals since ousting Simon Mignolet, but with the Belgian seemingly destined to leave the club, Liverpool will need sign another senior keeper. Roma are said to value Alisson at £62 million which would make him the most expensive keeper in the world and whether Liverpool would be willing to part with such a sizeable amount for the Brazilian is another matter.
H/T: Gianluca DiMarzio