Bid for Alisson Submitted
As you’re probably aware by now, Liverpool have submitted a formal bit to sign AS Roma’s Alisson Becker.
Liverpool have made their move for Alisson. Bid of around £62m. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 17, 2018
The bid consists of a €60million fixed part and €10million in easily achievable bonuses (€70m = roughly £62m). However, it still falls short of Roma’s valuation (€75m) and the Italian club aren’t prepared to budge at this moment. Alisson has reportedly agreed to move to Anfield, but Roma are waiting to see if Chelsea would be willing to back their interest up with a bid of their own before possibly budging on their asking price. Thibaut Courtois is apparently Real-bound and the London Blues wish to secure a quality replacement before sanctioning the sale.
It’s going to be a tense few days as the end of the transfer window draws near and all parties certainly wish to conclude their business as soon as possible.
This seems like a great opportunity for Liverpool to deal out a heavy blow to Chelsea. Whatever happens with Alisson, they are very likely to be forced to let Courtois go as he clearly wants to move to Madrid and he’s about to enter the last year of his contract. Further more, Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League and that should make them significantly less attractive for top players this summer. Should they also fail to adequately replace Courtois on top of possibly losing Hazard and Kante, it could be enough to knock them out of contention for top honours for a while.
Prepare for a few days worth of see-saw riding.
Gianluca Di Marzio, along with several other Italian journalists, claims Liverpool have upped their offer to €75million.
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
Brewster Signs Professional Deal
Rhian Brewster has signed his first professional deal with the club.
Rhian Brewster has signed his first professional contract with #LFC – a five-year deal.
Brilliant news. He's a special player with the right attitude to match his superb abilities.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) July 17, 2018
Jurgen Klopp has announced the youngster would get a first-team chance and this move apparently backs the statement up, although plenty of young players have been known to sign a deal and then go out on loan.
The youngster, however, said Liverpool is the place for him to be, his home, and that he wanted this opportunity to make it at Liverpool so much.
Wilson Off to Derby
Harry Wilson is now one of those to sign a new deal and head out on loan. He has joined Derby County for the season.
A bit further down the line in his development than Brewster, Wilson probably needs regular game-time to progress, and given the recent acquisition of Xherdan Shaqiri, it seems like a wise move for the young winger to join the Rams, where he’ll be working with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
Sturridge Wants to Stay
It appears Daniel Sturridge is refusing to contemplate departure. He is determined to stay and fight for his place.
“I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out,” Studge told the Mirror.
“Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that. I’m excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back.”
“Pre-season has started well for me and the team,” he added. “I am feeling great and can’t wait to get the season under way. We have the tour to come where we face some great teams like Man United, Man City and Dortmund.”