Gabriele Marcotti on Alisson to Liverpool

The Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in action against Wales during the International Friendly match at the Cardiff City Stadium

And next season he could supplant Keylor Navas as Madrid's number one. "€78 million is needed and he's close to joining Real Madrid".

The Reds have been strongly linked with a move to bring the Brazilian goalkeeper to Anfield this summer as they bid to try and strengthen their options between the posts this summer.

Roma have allowed Alisson's agent Jose Maria Neis to speak to Madrid officials and a £61million fee could be agreed.

Even before Loris Karius' costly errors in the Champions League final, Jürgen Klopp had been said to be looking at bringing in a new goalkeeper, with AS Roma's Brazilian global Alisson most frequently linked with a transfer to Anfield.

Alisson, 25, said earlier this week he was keen to have his club future resolved before the World Cup starts.

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Speaking to ESPN, Gab Marcotti said: "I think there is contract negotiation going on [between Roma and Alisson]".

The player everyone expects to leave Stoke after their relegation from the Premier League is Shaqiri.

"Right now, I'm focused only on the World Cup".

An experienced global who will be at the World Cup finals with Switzerland this summer, Shaqiri can play both sides of the attack. There are some possibilities and we are working on all of them, together with Roma, always respecting the club.

Those comments seemingly put an end to Liverpool's hopes of signing Alisson but Palotta has moved quickly to dismiss suggestions the sale is final, insisting his quotes were misinterpreted through the club's official Twitter account.

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