Roma had “no choice” other than to sell Alisson to Liverpool, according to club president James Pallotta.
Liverpool splashed out ÂŁ66m on the Brazilian, making him the worldâ€™s most expensive goalkeeper before Chelsea went one better in their ÂŁ71m deal for Kepa.
Having claimed Liverpool landed an “unbelievable bargain” in signing Mohamed Salah for ÂŁ37m last summer, now the Roma president has suggested Allison’s departure was out of his hands.
â€śI liked Salah a lot,â€ť said Pallotta, speaking on Roma’s official YouTube channel. â€śUnbeknown to a lot of people, or a lot of people donâ€™t seem to know, is that we didnâ€™t have a choice in him leaving.
â€śIt was difficult. He had one year left and he asked to leave and he felt like he had something to prove back in the Premier League.
â€śIt was difficult for that. I think Alissonâ€™s not an easy one.
“People outside think you have choices and a lot of the time you donâ€™t so you just try to make the best of it.
â€śItâ€™s not an easy thing â€“ thereâ€™s a lot of thought that goes into that kind of stuff and a lot of the time, youâ€™ve just got no choice.â€ť