Liverpool have suffered a seismic setback in their pursuit to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba as a replacement for the injured Virgil van Dijk.
Alaba off the Anfield menu?
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield on the back of their catastrophic injury crisis in their defensive department.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Liverpool’s first-choice partnership, have both been ruled out for a significant part of the campaign due to serious knee injuries.
With Liverpool reportedly on the search for a replacement, manager Jurgen Klopp has now suffered a blow which may result in the Austria international moving to one of their closest rivals.
Speaking to Bild, Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, confirmed that he aims to talk to Chelsea with plans to move to Stamford Bridge in January, with Paris Saint-Germain also a possible destination for him.
Alaba is well-respected by his teammates, particularly with Joshua Kimmich, who described him as an “outstanding” defender who is remarkably “calm under pressure” (via Bundesliga).
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This is bad news for Liverpool no matter which it’s looked at. Michael Edwards will certainly have another trick up his sleeve and will always have the ability to pull of a masterstroke away from the unsuspecting eyes, as he did with Fabinho back in 2018.
While the Reds have also been linked with the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly, the clock is ticking with just over four weeks until clubs can start completing deals once more, and Alaba’s contract situation would have made a relatively cheap option with bags of experience at the very top level.
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