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
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
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
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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