Roma chief Monchi has admitted Alisson is not ‘unsellable’ and suggested should an offer come in for the goalkeeper the club would be tempted to accept.
However, Monchi insists the club have not received any transfer bids for the coveted stopper in the current window. Liverpool and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil No.1, and it was believed Alisson preferred a switch to Spain over England.
Reports from Spain did claim a deal between Real and Roma was close, but the Italians dismissed those suggestions as false. But, Monchi has now appeared to offer encouragement to Alisson’s suitors by hinting Roma are prepared to cash in on the 25-year-old.
‘We haven’t received any offers for him,’ said Monchi. ‘My thoughts on the matter are to wait until the World Cup, hoping for his and Brazil’s sake that it doesn’t come too soon for them, then he can rest and come here to train with his team-mates.
‘No player in the world is unsellable. Look at Neymar and [Philippe] Coutinho. If an offer of €500million came in for [Javier] Pastore he might be off. ‘No team in the world could say something like that about a player.’
Monchi was speaking at a press conference after the unveiling of midfielder Javier Pastore, who signed a five-year deal after ending a seven-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain.
There were reports that Roma might be forced into selling Monchi to meet Financial Fair Play requirements. Pastore is the eighth signing Roma have made this summer, but Monchi revealed the Serie A side were up to date with FFP rules.
‘We’re calm now, we don’t have to worry about Financial Fair Play, which is an important factor, not every club can say that,’ Monchi explained. ‘Sometimes we forget that we have to comply with the economic rules, not just the sporting ones.
‘Roma, which was in difficulty this time last year, is now in good shape: we’ve nearly bought nine players, including Javier. I think these moments are worth enjoying fully.’