Liverpool paying ‘way above market average’ for Alisson says Roma sporting director Monchi who compares deal to losing Wojciech Szczesny

Brazilian number one Alisson is undergoing a medical ahead of making the move to Anfield in a deal that will make him the most expensive keeper in history.

And Roma appear to be laughing all the way to the bank as they pocket the huge sum – with club chief Monchi claiming Jurgen Klopp has stumped up an inflated sum for the player.

Monchi said: "The job of a sporting director is not just to make signings but also to understand what’s best for the club at any given time.

"Economic factors are important for the club too, not just sporting factors.

"The offer was way above the market average – it was very significant.

"We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool in order to come to an agreement.

"Does it show a lack of ambition? Not for me. Our ambition remains unchanged."

Alisson is set to sign a six year deal with Liverpool once the medical is completed, and there are some Roma fans questioning how he will be replaced.

But Monchi has told them to have faith in his decision – and compared the Brazilian's sale to the decision to let Wojciech Szczesny leave Rome for Juventus last year.

He added: "Last year people were saying that the departure of Szczesny was the end of the world.

"Alisson had to complete a journey too. I know fans can be impatient, but at times clubs just need time.

"What is ambition? For me, it’s about using your head – without that, everything gets out of control. I don’t want to do anything to cause this club problems.

"There are recent examples of clubs in this country that have come unstuck – some of the big Italian teams that have historically played an important role that are barred from playing in Europe or have squad limitations due to UEFA rulings."

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