Real Madrid look to Brazilian keeper after Kepa failureFebruary 2, 2018
Real Madrid are interested in signing Roma keeper Alisson, according to reports in Mundo Deportivo.
The Brazilian stopper has emerged as a target for club president Florentino Perez, who is determined to replace Keylor Navas and bolster his squad for next season.
25-year-old Alisson has been in superb form this season in Serie A, starting 32 games for the Rome outfit, whilst he has cemented his place for the Brazilian national side.
Madrid’s interest comes after their failure to sign Kepa from Athletic Club, with the youngster signing a new and improved deal to remain at the Basque club.
It came as a surprise to many when Kepa decided to put pen to paper on a new deal with his current club, rather than make a move to Madrid.
An agreement for a six year deal was in place, with the reigning La Liga champions informing Athletic of their intentions to pay his release clause, however, the youngster turned his back and decided to stay put.
MARCA believe that it had a lot to do with a recent injury which saw the youngster ruled out of action, prompted speculation that he would need surgery upon his move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old was reluctant to accept such a move given that there are just months until the 2018 World Cup, knowing his place in the Spain squad could be at risk.
Further interest in Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David de Gea continues to be heard in Spanish and English press, but Madrid officials see Alisson as a viable option.