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Edwin van der Sar on Allison and Arrizabalaga price tags

13:00 GMT+4 27/11/2018
Alisson Becker, Kepa Arrizabalaga
The retired goalkeeper believes shot stoppers are finally getting commanding the fees they deserve in the transfer market

Former Netherlands and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he is happy with the recent evolution of goalkeepers and the record fees being paid for them. 

Premier League sides Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all set the record fee for a goalkeeper within the last 14-months.

City were the first to break the record when they paid Benfica $45 million for Ederson in June 2017.  Liverpool upped the ante in the recent transfer window by splashing $84 million for Roma's Alisson, but just under a month later, Chelsea set a new record by paying  Athletic Bilbao $91 million for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Van der Sar, who was a ball-playing 'keeper in his time, believes that the role of goalkeepers has been re-shaped recently and distribution- which all three of the aforementioned record-breakers are masters - has seen them rated just as highly as any other infield position and the hefty price tags reflect the modern demands of the game. 

"I think on one end, we need to understand that goalkeeping is an art and is also a very important position to have in your club," Van der Sar told Goal

"And the demand is there that clubs can ask the money they receive now for goalkeepers like Liverpool and Man City.

"But the level goes up and also the type of goalkeeping is not only about short stopping but it is about distribution and helping the team out. 

"That was a part of my game and I am happy to see that it is prolonging and progressing along the way."

In 2016, Van der Sar, aged 45, made a shock return to professional football - five years after he retired -  in order to help out his struggling boyhood club VV Noordwijk during an injury crisis. He played one match, saved a penalty to earn them a 1-1 draw against Jodan Boys in the Dutch fourth tier, and promptly retired again.