Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Liverpool’s interest in David Alaba is real, but has revealed that Real Madrid are currently leading the race for his signature.
Alaba is set to leave current club Bayern Munich at the end of the season after refusing to sign a new contract with the Champions League holders.
“I can mention also opportunities like David Alaba. For sure, they are trying for David Alaba as a free agent. As I say they are trying also with an important bid, they are in contact with his agent. They are among the five clubs trying for David Alaba but Real Madrid are leading the race so it’s difficult in this moment, but Liverpool are trying.”
He then continued:
“He’s an amazing player and it’s normal that his manager Pini Zahavi is working, talking with many clubs from Premier League, with Liverpool, from La Liga with Real Madrid, from Bayern Munich because Bayern Munich has old people around the club saying they are trying really to keep him, they made an important bid. What Alaba is asking for is €12m per season as salary, with add-ons. So it’s a big salary and you have to pay commissions, huge commissions, to the agent when you sign these kind of free agents so it’s not so easy to find the agreement. But at the moment, Madrid are leading the race. They are talking with the agent, the player has always had the dream of playing for Read Madrid, he has the dream of the Bernabeu.”
In conclusion, he shared:
“He wants to join Real Madrid, but it’s not signed yet and they always say ‘when you have a free agent player, everything can change, really in two hours’. If tomorrow morning, another club will arrive offering more than this, they don’t need to negotiate with any club, so it’s up to the player, and players and agents in particular, they love to wait until the last minute to receive another bid. So pay attention to the situation of Alaba, but Real Madrid are leading the race… Liverpool are trying but Real Madrid are in pole position to sign him.”
It is very rare that a player of the quality of Alaba is available on a free transfer, especially considering he is currently valued at £58.5m (Transfermarkt). There are few players right now as decorated as the 73-time Austria international, with him having won the Bundesliga on nine separate occasions and the Champions League twice.
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He has been an important member of Bayern’s squad since 2011, and he has even managed to transition from left-back to a centre-back role with surprising ease. As Romano says, wages and agent fees would be relatively high, but with the lack of a transfer fee, it would still very much be a bargain. They will have to hope that Jurgen Klopp can convince Alaba that Merseyside is the right place for him instead of the Spanish capital.
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