Premier League giants Liverpool have made a club-record bid for AS Roma and Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson according to widespread reports.
According to the Mirror and BBC, Liverpool have made a €70m (£62m) bid for the 25-year-old but Italian giants Roma are holding out for £66m.
The transfer fee for Alisson would also be the world record fee for a goalkeeper eclipsing the €53m Italian champions Juventus paid fellow top flight side Parma for the services of club legend Gianlugi Buffon.
The €70m transfer fee will surpass the English record for a goalkeeper paid by Manchester City.
The Citizens paid €40m to Portuguese Super League club Benfica last summer for the services of Brazilian shot stopper Ederson.
Alisson started his career at Brazilian Serie A outfit Internacional before moving to AS Roma in 2016, where he has become an integral part of the team.
He was highly influential as AS Roma reached the semifinals of last season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) before they were beaten 7-6 on aggregate by Liverpool.
He kept three clean sheets in five games for Brazil at the just concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Brazil were eliminated in the quarterfinals following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Belgium.
The Reds’ current first-choice goalkeeper Loris Karius has come in for severe criticisms due to his recent performances prompting the move for Alisson.
The German goalkeeper made two errors in the UCL final loss to Real Madrid in May.
They were beaten 3-1 in their final game of last season as the Los Merengues won a third successive title.
He also made another mistake in the first game of pre-season, a 3-2 victory over English League Two side Tranmere Rovers last week.