Confirmed: Alisson signs for Liverpool in world record deal
Liverpool have signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson in a world record deal.
The Reds came to an agreement with his current club Roma on a deal worth around £66.9m. After personal terms were reported to have been agreed, the player cut short a holiday in Sardinia to fly to the north of England to undergo a medical, which he passed and was unveiled as a Liverpool player on Thursday night.
The deal is expected to see Liverpool shell out an initial £58m with a further £8.9m in installments, taking the total worth of the transfer to the €75m Roma had demanded.
The player has signed a long-term deal at Anfield, having been persuaded to choose Liverpool over Chelsea by Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino and a phone-call from boss Jurgen Klopp.
"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.
"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."
The deal, of course, is a world record fee for a goalkeeper, eclipsing the €53m paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon way back in 2001 and the £35m paid by Manchester City for Alisson's compatriot Ederson last summer. Alisson kept Ederson out of the Brazil line-up at the World Cup, having cemented his spot as his country's number one keeper.
Sky Sports had said on Wednesday morning that Chelsea were expected to come in with an offer for the 25-year-old but have been beaten to the chase by fast-moving Anfield chiefs.
Roma signed Alisson for a reported €7.5m in 2016 from Brazilian side Internacional.
Liverpool have already signed Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita this summer.
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