Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker is reportedly willing to wait for an official approach from Real Madrid rather than joining Liverpool this summer.
The Reds have been strongly linked with the Brazil number one for a number of months now, and their efforts to bring him to Anfield are understood to have increased following Loris Karius’s errors in last month’s Champions League final.
However, Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in Alisson, and Spanish publication Marca reports that the European champions are the player’s preferred option.
The departure of Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly increased the club’s chances of securing Alisson’s signature, with Zidane having been loyal to Keylor Navas but club president Florentino Perez preferring a new goalkeeper.
However, Madrid are unlikely to make any major signings before a new manager is appointed, while they are still considering David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois as alternatives to Alisson.
Liverpool are thought to be willing to offer a world-record sum of £60m for the 25-year-old shot-stopper, who was in action at Anfield in an international friendly with Brazil against Croatia on Sunday.