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Roma sporting director says that Liverpool are paying ‘way above market average’ for Alisson

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AS Roma’s sporting director Monchi has claimed that Liverpool are paying an unnecessarily large sum of money to acquire the services of Alisson. Alisson is undergoing a medical at Anfield in a deal that will make him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

Monchi said, “The job of a sporting director is not just to make signings but also to understand what’s best for the club at any given time. Economic factors are important for the club too, not just sporting factors. The offer was way above the market average – it was very significant.”

“We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool in order to come to an agreement. Does it show a lack of ambition? Not for me. Our ambition remains unchanged.”

Once the medical is completed, the Brazilian keeper is set to sign a 6-year deal with the Reds. This deal will keep him at the club till 2024.

With the departure of Alisson, Roma fans already have the question about “who will be his replacement?” Monchi has told them to have faith in his decision. Monchi also compared Alisson’s sale to that of Wojciech Szczesny last year.

“Last year people were saying that the departure of Szczesny was the end of the world,” said Monchi. “Alisson had to complete a journey too. I know fans can be impatient, but at times clubs just need time.What is ambition? For me, it’s about using your head – without that, everything gets out of control. I don’t want to do anything to cause this club problems.”

“There are recent examples of clubs in this country that have come unstuck – some of the big Italian teams that have historically played an important role that are barred from playing in Europe or have squad limitations due to UEFA rulings.”

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