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Alisson Flattered by Real Madrid Links Amid Reported Liverpool Interest

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2018

Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson celebrates afer winning 1-0 the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk on March 13, 2018 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. 
Roma reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 10 years as Edin Dzeko edged them past Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday for an away goals victory. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Roma goalkeeper Alisson has said he is flattered to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, amid reports Liverpool are also interested in him. 

According to Marca (h/t Sport Witness), the Brazilian said: "I am very happy to have recognition. It means that I'm doing my job well. Even more so when you hear about Madrid."

The Spanish newspaper believes this is a sign that Real are the front-runners to win his signature ahead of Liverpool, who are also said to be eager to snap him up.

Marca's Jose Felix Diaz and Hugo Cerezo (h/t MailOnline's Robert Summerscales) further reported he has become Madrid's "plan A," as they believe he will be significantly cheaper and more attainable than their other targets, Manchester United's David De Gea and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois.

The Premier League duo are valued by their clubs at more than €100 million (£87.80 million), while Alisson could be available for between €50 million (£43.90 million) and €60 million (£52.68 million).

The 25-year-old is in his second season with Roma and has been outstanding since his arrival in the Italian capital, and he is now considered among the top goalkeepers in European football.

Italian football experts Matteo Bonetti and David Amoyal have praised him on Twitter:

Matteo Bonetti @TheCalcioGuy

Liverpool interested in Roma's Alisson, who in my mind has been the best overall goalkeeper in Serie A this season. Lightning quick reflexes, very comfortable in possession, commands his area.

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

Don’t want to be a prisoner of the moment but Alisson’s performances maybe better than what we saw from Donnarumma & Handanovic the past few years (a very high bar)- on top of the great saves, he’s so good with his feet

His shot-stopping ability is remarkable.

Being at Roma, he is perhaps called into action more than most top goalkeepers, who often play in more dominant teams, but his agility and reactions allow him to consistently pull off save after save. Thanks in large part to his efforts, the Giallorossi have shipped just 21 goals in 29 Serie A matches this season.

BT Sport's James Horncastle shared an example of his efforts in Roma's 4-2 win over title contenders Napoli earlier in March:

James Horncastle @JamesHorncastle

Alisson double save. He’s stopped Insigne 5/6 times tonight

Alisson looks set to be Brazil's No. 1 at the World Cup ahead of Manchester City star Ederson, despite the latter's own impressive campaign.

WhoScored.com provided a comparison of the impressive duo:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Alisson vs Ederson Which of these two should start for Brazil at the World Cup this summer? @martinlaurence7 shares his thoughts -- https://t.co/Jtd0hFPEGK https://t.co/hQUXFipaJM

Alisson, while not quite as strong as Ederson in terms of distribution, is still excellent in possession in his own right, so he's more or less a complete package between the sticks.

Keylor Navas has been a good player for Real, and Loris Karius has shown in recent months he can become a reliable No. 1 given a consistent run of games at Liverpool, but Alisson would be an upgrade on either.

Real likely would have the advantage if both make concrete attempts to sign him this summer, given they can offer a much greater promise of silverware, but the Reds are becoming an increasingly exciting project under Jurgen Klopp, so they might hold plenty of appeal too.

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