PSG Transfer News: Alisson Becker Eyed in Latest Summer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2018

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 18: Alisson Becker of AS Roma during the Italian Serie A   match between AS Roma v Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on November 18, 2017 in Rome Italy (Photo by Aaron van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly made AS Roma stopper Alisson Becker their top goalkeeping target this summer.

According to Kaustubh Pandey of Calciomercato.com, the Ligue 1 giants view the 25-year-old as their "long-term" solution in net, with neither Alphonse Areola nor Kevin Trapp convincing between the sticks.

"It is said that PSG Director Antero Henrique has already been in contact with Roma to know about Alisson’s value and worth and is keen on signing him," Pandey reported.

Pandey also noted a number of other teams are interested in signing the goalkeeper, including Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Such illustrious admirers won't come as a shock to Roma supporters, as their goalkeeper has been exceptional throughout the 2017-18 campaign.

As OptaPaolo demonstrated, the Brazil international's shot-stopping skills are incredible:

OptaPaolo @OptaPaolo

80% - #Alisson (AS Roma) has the best saves percentage (80%) among the Serie A 17/18 goalkeepers with 2 or more apps. Hawk.

There are other aspects to Alisson's game that set him apart from some other goalkeepers, though.

The Roma man is smart with the ball at his feet and composed when his team-mates are being pressed, often providing a vital outlet to help set attacks in motion. Additionally, he also boasts the technique to hammer passes out to the flanks to trigger breaks.

His presence has given Roma such security at the base of their side, as he commands his box and is sharp off his line too. Journalist David Amoyal believes he's been the standout stopper in Serie A this season:

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

To me Alisson has probably been best keeper in Serie A this season, excellent shot stopper but also has very good ball distribution skills. Not surprising to see him linked to top clubs including PSG & Real Madrid https://t.co/wvJ3LFG6WF

Real Madrid and Liverpool would also both benefit from a new man between the sticks, with their goalkeepers struggling for consistency this season.

The same goes for PSG. While Areola is the starter under manager Unai Emery, the homegrown stopper has split opinion. As Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC noted, the 24-year-old made a costly error in the recent 2-1 loss to Olympique Lyonnais:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Great hit from Fekir but poor goalkeeping too from Areola. I am a fan of his but that is hard to defend Alphonse from. #OLPSG

Although PSG have the class to dominate Ligue 1 for years to come, you sense they will need a world-class option in goal if they are to gain a stranglehold in Europe too.

With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's arrivals last summer, the attacking portion of the side is sorted. Therefore, the end of this season will be the time for them to invest in shoring things up at the other end.

Neither Areola nor Trapp have completely convinced at PSG.
Neither Areola nor Trapp have completely convinced at PSG.AFP Contributor/Getty Images

Alisson may not be in the elite bracket, but he's on the right track. The Selecao Brasileira Twitter account suggested a strong FIFA World Cup will be key to his prospects of a move:

Seleção Brasileira @BrazilStat

Brazil's legendary goalkeeper and current goalkeeping coach, 2-time World Cup finalist Claudio Taffarel has touted #Alisson to start over #Ederson in World Cup 2018, while labeling him as "the Pelé of goalkeepers". Incredible praise for the rising GK.

Roma will surely be keen to keep Alisson, although they have shown in recent years they are ready to let star men leave for the right price. Miralem Pjanic and Mohamed Salah were both snapped up by bigger clubs over the past two summers.

PSG showed last year they are ruthless in pursuit of their primary targets. Even if they face competition from Liverpool and Madrid, if Alisson is their top target, you would back them to land him.


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