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Liverpool closing in on Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson

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Liverpool are closing in on a world-record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

Press Association Sport understands the Reds have agreed to meet Roma's valuation of 75 millions euros (approximately £67million) for the first-choice Brazil international.

The current record transfer in pounds for a goalkeeper is the £35million paid to Benfica by Manchester City for Alisson's compatriot Ederson last summer, while the highest price in euros was Gianluigi Buffon's 53 million move to Juventus back in 2001.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given public backing to Loris Karius following his calamitous Champions League final performance but has made signing a goalkeeper a priority.

The club are not prepared to say anything publicly until the deal is completed and as yet no medical has been arranged, with the possibility remaining that another club could match Liverpool's offer.

Chelsea have also been linked with the 25-year-old, who began his career with Internacional before moving to Roma two years ago.



England and Leicester prop Genge undergoes knee surgery

Genge was injured on England's tour of South Africa last month. Credit: PA

England and Leicester prop Ellis Genge is set to be sidelined until the new year after undergoing knee surgery.

Genge, 23, was injured on England's tour of South Africa last month and returned home early from that three-Test trip.

Leicester head coach Matt O'Connor told the club's official website: "We're probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage."

Genge, who has won five caps, was the latest player to be injured during England training last season.

O'Connor said: "'Gengey' has had the operation and everything went well from that point of view. He's well into his rehab work now, and then he will start fitness work and building up to play again.

"But he will miss the first phase of the season, and we're probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage. But he's working hard on his recovery and will be good to go when he comes through that rehab.

"It is obviously very disappointing for him and for us, but I'm sure he will be raring to go once he gets back to full fitness, and we know there's still a lot to come from him."

Leicester kick off their Gallagher Premiership season against Exeter on September 1.

England, meanwhile, face Tests against world champions New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Japan in November.

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