LIVERPOOL have been dealt a huge blow in their transfer chase for goalkeeper Alisson after Roma’s club president says the Reds have “zero” chance of signing him.
The Brazilian No1 has had a superb season with the Italian giants, and is yet to concede a goal a Champions League run that has put them into the semi-finals.
AFP Alisson has become one of the most wanted keeper’s in Europe after shining for Roma this season
It has meant the 25-year-old has sprung onto the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid and Roma’s opponents in that Champions League semi, Liverpool.
But speaking to Sky Sports Italia, James Pallotta insisted the commanding custodian won’t be going anywhere this summer.
He said: “We have no intention of selling him.
“I mean zero at all. I’m sure some people will probably come in with some bids, but I don’t have any interest in selling him, he’s a great goalkeeper.
Getty Images – Getty The Roma keeper is yet to concede a goal for his club in the Champions League this season
Getty Images – Getty Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be frustrated in his efforts to sign Roma keeper Alisson
“When we got him, I thought the same thing and as far as I’m concerned, I mean no.”
Alisson is high on Kop boss Jurgen Klopp’s summer transfer shortlist, along with being looked at by Real Madrid.
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But the 25-year-old will decide his future at the end of the campaign, before heading off to the World Cup in Russia.
His agent, Ze Maria Neis, said: “Alisson is certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He loves Roma, 100 per cent.
Soccer Guadalajara Beat Toronto On Penalties To Win Champions League
– Mexico’s Chivas Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC on penalties to win the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday after the Major League Soccer club claimed a dramatic 2-1 second leg victory to leave the final tied 3-3 on aggregate.
All 10 titles in the Champions League era, which began in 2008, have now gone to Mexican sides but Toronto FC made Guadalajara earn their ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup by fighting back after losing the opening leg 2-1 at home.
Only three times in 54 competitive matches in Mexico have MLS teams returned home with a win but the Reds very nearly dented that run of domination.
Liverpool Tell Real Madrid £200m-rated Mohamed Salah Is Not For Sale And Will Review Egyptian’s £90,000-a-week Deal
LIVERPOOL are reportedly determined to stave off any interest from Real Madrid in £200million-rated Mohamed Salah.
Salah, 25, has taken football by storm in his debut season at Anfield after netting 43 times so far — including two in the 5-2 thumping of Roma on Tuesday.
REUTERS Liverpool have told Real Madrid Mohamed Salah is not for sale, according to reports
And the Daily Mail report that the club is now set to review the PFA player of the year’s current £90,000-a-week contract, that has four years left to run, and make him their main man.
The Reds are desperate to build their team around Salah for years to come but Real could come in for the Egyptian international.
Zinedine Zidane has been impressed by Salah, whose value has doubled from £100million since December as he continued his incredible run of form.
However, Liverpool chiefs are confident they can rebuff any offers from Real as they have a good working relationship with his agent Ramy Abbas.
Capela Scores 26 Rockets Eliminate Wolves With 122-104 Win
Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to get another lopsided win and eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104 victory in Game 5 of the first-round series Wednesday night.
The top-seeded Rockets are headed to the second round for the second year in a row after taking care of the eighth-seeded Timberwolves. Minnesota was in the postseason for the first time since 2004.
Houston will await the winner of the Utah-Oklahoma City series, which the Jazz lead 3-2 after the Thunder rallied from a big deficit Wednesday night to avoid elimination.
After scoring 22 points in Houston’s 50-point third quarter in a Game 4 blowout Monday night, Harden poured in half of Houston’s 30 points in the third quarter on Wednesday night to put the Rockets up for good. His 15 third-quarter points matched Minnesota’s output in the frame and he finished with 12 assists.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench.
Andrew Wiggins scored the last four points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 85-74 entering the fourth quarter. The Rockets used a 7-2 spurt, highlighted by a 3 from Ryan Anderson, to start the fourth and make it 92-76 with 9 1/2 minutes left.
A basket by Derrick Rose got Minnesota within 14 later in the fourth when Houston went on a 10-4 run to push the lead to 108-88 with less than five minutes to go.
The Wolves got consecutive 3s by Jamal Crawford and Wiggins to cut the lead after that, but the Rockets scored the next five points to end that run and cruise to the victory.
The Rockets opened the second half with a 10-2 run to erase a halftime deficit and take a 65-61 lead with about nine minutes left in the third. Chris Paul, who finished with 12 points and nine assists, had four points in that stretch and Harden and P.J. Tucker added 3-pointers.
Minnesota scored the next five points to go back on top, but Harden scored five quick points after that to leave the Rockets ahead 70-66. Harden, who had just five points at halftime, hit a 3 before throwing down a one-handed dunk over Taj Gibson that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout.
The timeout didn’t do anything to slow Harden and the Rockets down, and he added another 3 on Houston’s first possession after the timeout.
Towns added a basket after that before Houston scored the next eight points to extend the lead to 81-68 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.
Things got a little testy after that when Crawford pushed Paul to the court and stood over him jawing. Paul got to his feet and got in his face, but the two were quickly separated and Crawford was given an offensive foul and a technical.
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones returned after sitting out in Game 4 with a sore knee. … Jimmy Butler had eight points and Wiggins finished with 14. … Jeff Teague scored 17 and had seven assists.
Rockets: Coach Mike D’Antoni said that Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed the entire first round after dislocating his right shoulder, is getting better and will be re-evaluated next week. … Eric Gordon scored 19 points. … Houston had just four turnovers.
The Rockets will host the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the Jazz-Thunder series.
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