Liverpool’s Bid For Goalkeeper Makes Newcastle Deal Look Unbelievable

We had heard rumors during the World Cup that Brazil’s 25-year-old goalkeeper  Alison had a transfer fee on his head of over £60M.

At first, I thought I hadn’t heard the fee correctly but now Liverpool have made a bid of £62M for the Roma goalkeeper who has played 31 times for Brazil.

He has played 64 games for Roma in the two years he’s been there after signing on from Internacional based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.

26-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Alison – £62M

In his first season in Rome he was the understudy to Polish International and former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who moved to Juventus a year ago.

So if Alison is worth £62M our new goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka has to be the signing of the summer for just £4M.

Martin showed this year while on loan that he is a top goalkeeper, and if he continues in that form he could become one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League,

Newcastle need to keep getting some bargain buys – but we also need to pay out the big money for top players if we are going to become a top six club in the Premier League.

29 year-old Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka – £4M

In contrast to the money Liverpool are willing to pay out for Alison – Dubravka is more than a bargain buy for Newcastle this summer.

Comments welcome.

250 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Aye Ed. Thing is though. he ain’t a patch on Dubs 😉

  • martoon

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s probably a bad time to mention this but a lot more season tickets have just been released all over the ground if anybody is interested?

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    To compete in top 8, it will be key to have strong scouting department and academy, there is a lot of bargains, Tiote (RIP), Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Dubravka, Jose Enrique, Jonas, Demba Ba and others…nobody of these players cost more than 8M, which is ubelievable…so I have no problem with bargains, but our scouting fails in Joselu, Manquillo, Murphy…If we can bring some undiscovered gems, then OK…but we have to also bring some experienced players, which are proven at this level…

  • hibbit

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    don’t count on Rafa getting £20m to spend out of the Mitro sale,
    what happens if Fulham want to pay in instalments common practice among other clubs, say £4m a year for 5 years ,that would only give £4m to spend this window !!!
    just a thought ???

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Jesus what a team that was in that time, Collocini in that season, Demba Ba, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Jose Enrique, Cisse, HBA, some real quality there…

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonfan8 we have to also bring some experienced players, which are proven at this level…

    Errrmm like Ki ?

  • martoon

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonfan8 @3 – When you take a chance on ‘bargain’ players you’re bound to have some failures as well as successes – personally I think it is too early to label Murphy a flop yet!

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    martoon, I am interested in the season tickets being released, but I’m more interested in how quickly they sell….

    Bet it’s not as fast as it could have been.

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    The should build an office for NUFC on Noble Street
    They used to love paying for stuff on the knock there
    What was it Bobby Thompson used to say
    “The usual terms madame ?
    a fiver down – and the rest in threatening letters .


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    It was suggested by the accountant on lesh’s post yesterday that we now pay in 5 year installments, so if true we can use that £4m to get a £20m player.

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib: Ki for me is upgrade on Merino for sure, proven at this level, professional. I think all 3 players are great signings, Dubravka and Kenedy also. But we have to add another 4-5 like that, Rondon, Origi (if Rafa wants them, I am OK with that), De Arrascaeta, LB and CB….not that much money Rondon 16,5, Origi 10, De Arrascaeta 18, CB 10, LB 10…we dont have to sell Ritchie if Townsend wont be here…this is 64,5 spent and Mitro, Merino, Mbemba, Colback, Sels, Gayle can cover 55M of that….so just 10M spent…but players which Rafa wants here and would improve us massively without too much money spended.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    to the people complaining about the people who have a wait and see attitude, the weather forecast says it will rain tomorrow but today it’s not raining so i won’t sit in the sunshine all glum and angry. if you do that you’ll spend your whole life in the rain. live in the moment, be happy. we’ve got rafa. he seems keen to stay as long as we fix youth academy and keep moving forward. also pint half full people live longer.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #13

    We’ve been waiting on Sarri being appointed at Chelsea as we thought it may give us an opportunity to sign further players from there. It looks to me like Rafa and Sarri are fairly close. Sarri followed Rafa as Napoli manager, where Rafa stayed to the end of his contract and presumably helped recruit him. His appointment by Chelsea could even have been done with Rafa’s input. Before he was appointed, as soon as we beat them last season, Rafa called him ‘a great coach’

    I had no idea there was a relationship there (there may not be), but if there is it can only help us to get the heads up when players are to be put on the market.

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Liverpool must have a very weak defense if they need a 62 million goalie to bail them out.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15

    £60m ?
    For one moment I thought Liverpool were buying us.
    £60m down payment plus £60m a year instalments for the next 5 years and Mike gets his money.
    He likes a bargain deal.
    Not sure I’ll learn scouse like.

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it’s Rafa who has said whoa hang on
    over Rondon
    29 in 2 months
    Out of contract next Summer
    Only ever scored 20 goals in a season
    (and that was in Russia!)

    Anything north of £7.5M is just not on

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17


    If people have any sense, they’d not by an ST. Doing that is giving the club money up front, money Ashley’s not prepared to invest in deciding the best manager we’ve had for many a year.

    Buy a ST and have your support acknowledged with two fingers from Ashley.

  • Mag52

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18


    No. It’s the sign of an ambitious club that is willing to invest in the best in order to move onwards and upwards in the football world even after the good season just gone.( Although I can’t help feeling that 60 mil. for Alison is a bit too much.)
    Contrast the pathetic spend of our illustrious owner after we finished 5th. a few years ago.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19


    Why oh why have we been saddled with Ashley?

    If there is a god, please find us a wealthy, ambitious soul who wants to help our club reach its potential and make many thousands of people happier, please buy out the Newcastle United’s current owner who’s shown himself to be an evil, greedy liar.

    Such a person won’t be disappointed and will be lauded as the saviour of Newcastle United.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #20


    Rafa and Sarri may have a long-time association but the the major obstacle to any buys from Chelsea, or anywhere else for that matter is our visionary owner!

    Live in hope but be realistic.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #21


    I suspect that even if Fulham wanted to pay £20m cash, Ashley being awkward would insist in two instalments to prevent Rafa using it – 5% now and 95% come June 2019 sounds about right.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    The next Mike Williamson

    Yes, enjoy the sun today but make sure you’ve got the waterproofs for tomorrow’s rain!

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    lesh, so you think we won’t be buying a single player this Summer, other than the signings we’ve already made?

    I am realistic, we have money to spend, even if we have to wait for outbound transfers. To imagine that we couldn’t buy one of the Chelsea fringe players is unrealistic.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Shire you not no anyone going to marmaris only £10 and puma badges on they spot on mate

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25


    Another of Bobby Thompson’s little gems

    Eeeh, am up the eyes in debt……. A wish a was a foot taller!

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26


    You’re partly right – I don’t believe we’ll buy the quality we need outright.

    I can see loans with a view to buy, but if Rafa’s not around next season, those loanees being just that – loanees.

    Ashley’s clearly not prepared to allow Rafa any new money to spend. Oh and before you mention Dubs, he was bought in the last financial year.

    Again, I’d be over the moon to be proved wrong

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    You know my views on multiple posting, if I want to call you a bell end, I’ll do it under my own name thank you very much.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28


    It’s worth getting a cheap week in Marmaris, buy all the kit you can to bring home and your costs are covered – provided HMRC don’t spoil the party!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Rob Leenio – I see you have mentioned a few conspiracy theories over the last week. Cannot recall the first, but the second is the fabricated Chronicle interview, and the most recent being that Rafa is big chums with Sarri and helped to recruit him at Napoli. All interesting stuff.

    Seeing that you are knocking about today what do you think of the following:-

    1. Elvis Presley was seen working in Woolworths in Glasgow 20 years ago.

    2. Lord Lucan stole Shergar the racehorse, following plastic surgery to both, they later appeared as the stars in the Steptoe and Son sit com on the BBC, with Lucan becoming Wilfred Bramble and Shergar becoming the old nag that pulled the rag and bone cart.

    3. David Ickes theory that the world has already been taken over by reptillians – the lizard men.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Tuff, what’s up buddy? Afraid that a little original thought may cause your head to explode?

    Give it a try once in a while, you may like it.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Where is the TV money? Where is it all going to?

    Why are championship promoted clubs being able to spend more than us with half the stadium size? Why???

  • geordiemark

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #32


    that reminds me did anything come of the tax inspectors raiding the club just wondered when you mentioned HMRC

  • outsidethebox

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #33

    lesh @26…have to agree could be players are waiting for rafa to commit for more than 12 months before signing …hence these weird loan schemes …will soon tell when money comes in from outgoings…seems to me rafa on 12 month strategy at the moment .

  • geordiemark

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #34


    Ashely knows damn fine where all the cash has gone straight on his mansion house he needed wallpaper for the walls

  • geordiemark

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #35

    how rafa is still at the club amazes me, the way hes been treated by Ashley how anyone puts up with that southern monkey I will never know

  • geordiemark

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #36
  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #37

    lesh, if we don’t make any permanent signings then yes, obviously any Rafa link with Sarri is worthless as we can’t loan another player from them due to FA / UEFA / FIFA rules, whoever made them up.

    But if we are in the market for permanent signings (and I hope to God we are) then Chelsea have a bloated squad, a large budget and, potentially, a manager who has a good relationship with ours.

    Assuming the owner doesn’t chuff it up (I know, big assumption) then that could give us an advantage in signing a player when one of our targets becomes available. It surely can’t hurt.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #38
  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #39

    The secret of multiple deals is
    each seller must be kept unaware
    of the others being negotiated with.
    Give everyone the impression you are
    hard up and reliant on sales for funds

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 18, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #40


    It’s a real shame you don’t want to meet me anywhere else, it would be my pleasure to bump into you somewhere.

    I’d give you a cpl quid towards your next bottle of white lightning.

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