Liverpool target Alisson ‘very happy at Roma’, claims ex-Brazil goalkeeper Taffarel

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The current Selecao star wants his future resolved before the World Cup starts, with a big-money summer switch away from Italy still being mooted

Liverpool continue to be heavily linked with a summer swoop for Alisson, but the Brazil international is “very happy at Roma," according to his international predecessor Claudio Taffarel.

Having starred in Serie A over the last two seasons, the 25-year-old talent is drawing plenty of admiring glances from afar.

A switch to Anfield has generated the most transfer gossip, with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid having also been mooted.

Roma, though, have stated on a regular basis that they have no intention of sanctioning a sale and Taffarel believes that Alisson could remain in the Italian capital for 2018-19.

The 1994 World Cup winner, who also spent time in Italy with Parma during his playing career, told Tele Radio Stereo: “Alisson is very happy at Roma and the rumours of a transfer are just rumours.

“I don’t know what will happen, but he said he’d be content to remain at Roma.”

Alisson is hoping to see his future resolved before taking in World Cup duty with Brazil, with the highly rated goalkeeper eager to avoid any distractions in Russia.

He told reporters after a 3-0 friendly victory over Austria: "I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup.

"To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.

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"If it's not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil [during the tournament]."

With several leading sides in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, or potentially on the lookout if a current No. 1 departs, Alisson has plenty of suitors waiting on a future call.

Chelsea are another Premier League side to have been linked with an approach, with Thibaut Courtois also sparking talk of interest from Real Madrid.

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