Alisson: Real Madrid set to beat Liverpool in another 'final'

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Liverpool also expressed a desire to sign him with the club actively looking to replace current No.1 Loris Karius, that search has naturally intensified following his performance in the Champions League final.

Roma president James Pallotta has confirmed that Real Madrid are closing in on a transfer for Chelsea and Liverpool linked goalkeeper Alisson.

Liverpool have shown an interest in Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

However, Roma are thought to be demanding in excess of £80m for the Brazilian who has reportedly agreed a deal with Real Madrid, to all but end the Merseysiders' pursuit of the 25-year-old.

"€78m is needed and he's close to joining Real Madrid". In fact I was joking around with a group of guys and responded sarcastically with a reference to the popular rumours on Twitter and in the papers since I've been in Italy, ' Roma's American owner said. But with the Selecao beginning their campaign against Switzerland on Sunday, the likelihood of any deal being concluded before then now seems slim.

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He will start the World Cup as Brazil's number one ahead of Manchester City's Ederson.

'There are options we are working on togetehr with Roma and with respect for my club, ' Alisson said earlier this week.

"The truth is that I left everything in the hands of my agent".

Real Madrid will be able to see their potential new player in action at the World Cup with Alisson set to appear between the sticks for Brazil.

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