Liverpool: David Alaba would be ‘short term fix’ says pundit
Liverpool are eager to make an approach to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, with the centre-back set to leave the European champions at the end of the season. However, they’ve got competition, as there are four other clubs who are interested.
Liverpool are set to make their move for Austrian star Alaba.
The centre-back is out of contract in the summer and has already told Bayern that he won’t sign an extension.
He still remains committed to playing for Hansi Flick’s side for the rest of the campaign, but has already started talking with clubs over a free transfer in the summer.
Liverpool had been tipped with a move ever since Virgil van Dijk suffered his ACL injury which will keep him out for the majority of the season.
Now, they are set to make a formal bid, with transfer expert Fabirzio Romano claiming they’ve already made an approach.
Liverpool are set to have a quiet January transfer window and focus on future deals rather than immediate transfers.
Fans had been hoping the club would go out and sign a new option at the back – especially after Jordan Henderson and Fabinho were forced to play as centre-backs against Southampton in a 1-0 win on Monday night.
But instead, they will use the window to plan for the future, as they have contacted Alaba’s agent to try and iron out a deal.
However, there are four other clubs in the running, reports Romano, including Real Madrid.
Alaba has apparently decided already that his dream is to play for Madrid, giving them a huge advantage.
Romano tweeted: “Liverpool are among the five clubs that have contacted David Alaba agent to sign him next summer,” he wrote.
“But Real Madrid are leading the race, they’re pushing to sign Alaba and David dreams of playing for Real Madrid.
“And talks with Real are progressing, as said yesterday.”
Alaba’s salary demands are reportedly a potential roadblock in any deal, with the Austrian apparently asking for £12million-a-year.
That salary, which works out at £230,000-per-week, would make him Madrid’s highest-paid player ahead of Sergio Ramos.
The Spaniard could also be on the move this summer, as he has also not signed a new contract so far, with Tottenham said to be interested.
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