Chelsea ‘refused to pay £66.8m to complete Alisson transfer’ before forking out even more for flop Kepa in 2018
CHELSEA had the chance to sign Liverpool star Alisson in 2018 but instead spent more on flop Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Blues lost Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid four years ago and were in dire need of a goalkeeper that would inspire confidence between the sticks.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the West Londoners initially targeted Alisson, who was enjoying a stunning two-year stint at Roma.
But the Giallorossi knew how desperate Chelsea were for a keeper and drove such a hard bargain that led the Premier League giants to look elsewhere.
That is when Liverpool, who were also in great need of a top shot-stopper, moved in for the Brazil international and signed him for £66.8 million – a world record fee for a keeper at the time.
Chelsea then eyed Kepa, who was impressing at Athletic Bilbao, and crushed Alisson's record as they forked out a whopping £71.6m.
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That made the Spaniard the club's most expensive transfer in history, before Kai Havertz's arrival in 2020.
But it didn't work out for Kepa at Stamford Bridge as he quickly fell out of favour after a series of erroneous performances in goal.
Thus, Chelsea quickly returned to the market for a new goalkeeper in 2020 when they signed Edouard Mendy, who has taken over as the team's No1 ever since.
Alisson, on the other hand, has been so impressive at Liverpool he is considered among the best keepers in the world.
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The Brazilian has helped the Reds win a Champions League as well as a Premier League title.
The 29-year-old is also among the driving forces behind the Merseysiders' push for an unprecedented quadruple this season.
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