Former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has urged Liverpool to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.
Alaba to Anfield?
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield in recent months, but The Reds face a lot of tough competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea for his signature. It was previously reported that the Galacticos had agreed a four-year contract with the Austria international, with his deal at Bayern due to expire at the end of the season, but as things stand, nothing has been made official.
Alaba has been a key asset for the Bavarians since he emerged from the reserve team in 2010 and has gone on to score 33 goals in 410 appearances (TransferMarkt). Recently, Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge poured praise onto him, telling Sky Germany that he was a “chief” who “set the tone” in games.
Liverpool have faced a huge injury crisis in their squad this season, particularly in defence. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out with serious knee injuries, leaving Jurgen Klopp with no choice but to play youngsters or midfielders at the back.
Speaking to Football Fancast, Palmer believes that Alaba is the ideal fit to go straight into Klopp’s side and that he would make the difference with his experience.
“The player I would take, all day long, is the boy from Bayern Munich, Alaba. He’s perfect, he’s 28-years-old, he’s a proven international player, he’s out of contact. He’s not one you’re taking just because you’re in the transfer window and you need to sign someone.
“You’re taking him for the long-term. You’re not just taking him as a centre-back because he can play anywhere across the back four. I think it’s happy days, you get him out of there for £13/14 million. And if you get him out of there for £13/14 million in today’s market for a player like that, who wasn’t in the last year of his contract, he’d be worth £35/40 million. I think they’ll try and get it done this window.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
There is no doubting that Alaba would be an excellent signing for Liverpool but the question is would they be prepared to pay the salary demands of the soon-to-be free agent.
Salary Sport believe that he takes home £175k-per-week from the Allianz Arena. Undoubtedly, he would want a raise on that with his new club, meaning he would be automatically one of Anfield’s highest earners.
Whilst we do agree with Palmer that Alaba would be a very good signing, we still think he’s more likely to end up at Real Madrid at this stage.
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