Liverpool have announced the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma for £65m.
Liverpool are paying an initial £56m for Alisson plus £9m in add-ons. These include bonuses for Champions League qualification and winning the competition, the Premier League or Europa League. Alisson’s former club in Brazil, Internacional, will receive £2.2m of the initial £56m fee from Roma.
“Alisson, 25, will join the Premier League side for an initial fee of €62.5m (£56m), the most expensive transfer fee ever paid for a goalkeeper,” read a statement on the Roma website.
He will replace Loris Karius as the Reds’ No. 1 after the German’s calamitous performance in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Both Real Madrid and Chelsea were also interested in Alisson but Liverpool swooped first to agree a fee after they decided he was worth the huge fee, which significantly reduced from January.
“The agreement also includes a number of performance-related clauses, on the part of both the player and the English club, that add up to an additional €10m (£9m).”
“I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning,” reads a statement on the club’s official website.
“In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.”
Klopp dismissed suggestions his new No 1 could be weighed down by the pressure of the fee.
“He’s a very calm person,” the manager added. “It’s not his price, it’s not the price we want to pay, it’s only the price the market demands. That’s how it is, no problem with that.
“The size of the story is only outside [the club]. We don’t think about that. We know what everyone will say about this, but it’s not really important. We have now another wonderful player in our squad and that’s the only thing we are looking for.
“We have everything we need for the next season, because I don’t think we will do anything more [in the market]. I’m pretty sure of that.”