Roma's Monchi Says No Alisson Offers Amid Chelsea, Liverpool Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2018

ROME, ITALY - MAY 2: Goalkeeper of AS Roma Alisson Becker during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between AS Roma and Liverpool FC at Stadio Olimpico on May 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Roma's director of football Monchi has said the club have yet to receive any offers for goalkeeper Alisson despite continued speculation surrounding his future. 

The goalkeeper was one of the standout performers for the Giallorossi in Serie A last season. Rumours of a big-money move have come about as a result, although Monchi said the club are yet to receive any serious bids, per FourFourTwo.

"He has the same chance of staying as all the other players we have not received any offers for," he added. "If one arrives, we will study it and make a decision. We are working out when he will return to training after his post-World Cup holiday; ready to do even better than he did last season for us."

Roma sporting director Monchi listens during a press conference at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2017 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Club Atletico de Madrid  and AS Roma. / AFP PHOTO / JAV

As noted in the report, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid have all been mentioned as potential suitors for the Brazil international.

Alisson was part of the Brazil squad at the recent FIFA World Cup. In the main his tournament was an uneventful one, as he was well protected up until the quarter-final loss to Belgium; in that 2-1 defeat the Roma man could do little about the two goals his side conceded.

Per Martin Laurence of WhoScored.com, ahead of the Belgium game the Roma man didn't have much to do:

Martin Laurence @martinlaurence7

Guillermo Ochoa has now made 20 saves at this World Cup. Opposite number Alisson has made 2...

There's a reason why so many illustrious clubs have been linked with the stopper, though, as he has blossomed into one of the game's standout goalkeepers.

Taking over from Wojciech Szczesny as Roma's No. 1, Alisson has shown all the qualities you would want from a modern-day goalkeeper. Crucially, at Roma he has been a tremendous shot-stopper, making big saves at crucial moments for his team in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.

As these figures illustrate, the Brazilian showcased his goalkeeping skills on the biggest stage in club football:

UEFA Champions League @ChampionsLeague

#UCL Squad of the Season ✔️ Most saves in 2017/18 ✔️ 🇧🇷 Alisson Becker 👏👏👏 https://t.co/LnfjWae5w7

Alisson's distribution sets him apart from others too. While there are occasional moments when Alisson makes supporters twitch, he's composed with the ball at his feet and is economical in the way he passes to team-mates.

Per Italian football writer David Amoyal, for a manager that likes to see his team build from the back, Alisson is the perfect man to have at the base of the team:

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

Cannot think of a better goalkeeper for Sarri’s style than Alisson- that would be quite the duo at Stamford Bridge

Roma made progress last season, making it into the semi-finals of the Champions League and qualifying for the competition again by finishing third. With that in mind, they're in a good position to hang on to Alisson if they do decide to dig their heels in.

Even so, down the years the capital club have shown they're happy to cash in on their best players if the price is right, and the teams linked with the goalkeeper all have the financial muscle to test Roma's resolve.