The saga that is Antonio Conte and his long-awaited Chelsea exit finally looks set to be resolved this week, with Maurizio Sarri’s arrival as his replacement reportedly imminent. Yet, while this should bring some stability to Stamford Bridge, it’s almost guaranteed not to be the end of this summer’s ins and outs.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has long been linked with a move away from the English capital, with Real Madrid believed to be his dream destination. As the Spanish giants reportedly prepare to make their move for the big Belgian in the coming days, the Blues must act quickly to get a replacement in.
AS Roma’s Alisson has long been a target for Liverpool, as well seemingly half of Europe’s other elite clubs, yet it’s now believed that Chelsea have jumped to the front of the queue and are preparing a mega-bucks bid of their own.
The Brazilian number 1 has carried last season’s fine form at club level into this summer’s World Cup in Russia, but how did his performances compare to those of Courtois?
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The 2 goalkeepers showed their class as they helped guide their sides to X and X placed finishes in Serie A and the Premier League respectively, and there’s almost nothing to pick between them.
Alisson kept 2 more clean sheets but played 2 more games, while his goals against tally was only marginally better than Courtois’ too.
The most eye-opening statistic, however, was the percentage of shots saved. Alisson’s 80% was spectacularly high, meaning that oppositions on average needed 5 shots on target in order to find the net. It’s a level far higher than Courtois managed to produce and outranks that of almost any goalkeeper in world football too.
While there can be no doubt that Courtois would be a loss to any side, Alisson is a truly worthy replacement. He would be a top quality recruit for Chelsea and, if they can get the deal over the line, a perfect way to begin the Sarri era.
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