How Alisson’s Liverpool transfer ranks in British and world terms

Alisson became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when Liverpool committed a world record £65million to his capture from Roma.

Here, Football Paradise takes a look at where the transfer stands in British and world terms.

Giuseppe Savoldi, £1.2million, 1975

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Italian international Giuseppe Savoldi was the world’s first £1million player (PA)

Bologna striker Savoldi became the world’s first £1million player when he headed to Napoli for two billion lire – he was dubbed “Mister Two Billion” by the Italian press at the time – during the summer of 1975, eclipsing the £922,000 Barcelona had paid Ajax for Johan Cruyff two years earlier.

Trevor Francis, £1.18million, 1979

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England international Trevor Francis was Britain’s first £1million footballer (PA)

It took British football almost four years more to break through the £1million barrier, although Forest boss Brian Clough always insisted Francis’ £1.18million switch from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest had actually only cost the club £999,999 as he did not want the player to have to deal with the pressure of a milestone price-tag.

Nigel Martyn, £1million, 1989

A decade after Francis’ big money move, Martyn became British football’s – and it is believed the world’s – first £1million keeper when he moved from Bristol Rovers, where manager Gerry Francis had been alerted to his talent by the tea lady, to Crystal Palace for that exact figure.

Neymar, £198million, 2017

Paris St Germain shattered the world transfer record when they activated the 222million Euros – or £198million – release clause in Brazil star Neymar’s Barcelona contract during the summer of 2017, dwarfing the £89million Manchester United had paid Juventus for Paul Pogba a year earlier.

Ederson Moraes, 34.7million, 2017

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Ederson’s reign as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper lasted a little more than 13 months after Manchester City handed over a cheque for £34.7million to Benfica in June last year to clinch the Brazilian’s signature and beat the £32.6million it cost Juventus to capture Italian star Gianluigi Buffon from Parma in 2001.

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