Real Madrid are after a whirlwind month! Having won their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane, they saw the Frenchman leave the club a mere five days after their 13th European triumph. Since then, they have confirmed their new manager to be Julen Lopetegui. It was expected the Spaniard would take over the reins at the Bernanbeu after the World Cup. With the chaos on Wednesday – Luis Rubiales ensured that would not be the case – and sacked the national team manager. Now, Real Madrid have the presentation of their new man at the Bernanbeu on Thursday night and appear to be planning on having a few more presentations before the summer is out. Roma’s goalkeeper Alisson has reportedly agreed terms with Los Blancos.
Reported by El Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid and Alisson have agreed terms on a six year deal. The only road block in this transfer going through so far, was the fee being demanded by Roma. The Italian club are seeking €80 million for their Brazilian shot stopper. Madrid on the other hand, are believed to have tabled an offer €20 million shy of this in a €55 million deal with €5 million in bonus related payments.
It was believed that at the beginning of May, Roma had offered Alisson a double-your-money offer to keep the Brazilian at the club. This has turned out to be false, agent Ze Maria confirmed to TeleRadioStereo: “We still haven’t talked to Roma … Alisson is settled though and he likes the club and the city”. This was on the 8th of May and it is believed that the Rome based club still have not approached Alisson regarding a new contract.
With Julen Lopetegui now coming into power at the club – a month earlier than expected on Tuesday evening – he has the time and freedom to properly assess the players at his disposal. There are a lot of rumours claiming he will want to bring David de Gea to Madrid but; if Florentino Perez’ men have already agreed terms with 25 year old Alisson, it seems unlikely de Gea will be leaving Manchester United.