Liverpool are struggling in attempts to sign Jurgen Klopp’s top two goalkeeping targets.
Atletico Madrid are refusing to lower their asking price for Slovenia international Jan Oblak and AS Roma are also refusing to budge in their valuation of Brazilian Alisson Becker.
Both stoppers are believed to be interested in the prospect of becoming part of Klopp’s squad at Anfield, but their clubs are looking for fees that would smash the current world record for a goalkeeper.
David Maddock has written in The Mirror that the Spanish side will demand the full release fee in Oblak’s contract before allowing him to make an exit this Summer, while Roma are asking for a similar price for Alisson.
Both clubs know that Liverpool’s need for a new number one has increased after Loris Karius’ performance in the Champions League final last month, despite doctor’s confirming that the German suffered concussion, and are so asking for hefty fees for their players.
Liverpool are refusing to pay the kind of money being talked about and are beginning to consider other options away from Oblak and Alisson, with less reputable names being touted as potential targets.
Southampton number one Alex McCarthy has emerged as another option following some excellent performances as the Saints secured their top flight status late on last season.
Another name on the list is that of Stoke City’s England international Jack Butland, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield in recent months – with speculation increasing following their relegation to the Championship.
Those are not names that are likely to inspire much excitement from supporters, but Klopp is said to believe that they would at least provide stiff competition for Karius next season.