Liverpool have suffered a huge setback in their efforts to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba this month.
Alaba to snub Liverpool?
The 28-year-old, who has made 404 appearances for the Bavarian giants, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield, with The Athletic suggesting that the Reds have a “strong interest” in the Austrian centre-back, who is expected to leave at the end of his contract this summer due to a difficult relationship with the club.
But according to Marca, Real Madrid are close to completing the signing of Alaba, having made a concrete offer of around £8.9m per season over four years, who was described as “outstanding” by teammate Joshua Kimmich.
The report added that Alaba will join the club for free if an agreement can be completed and Madrid are now favourites to sign the defender, given the economic situation of others.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are currently without both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, their two first-choice centre-halves, due to serious knee injuries sustained earlier in the season. With Joel Matip now out for three weeks, manager Jurgen Klopp does not have any established centre-backs at his disposal.
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This will be devastating news for Liverpool, who were keen to bring Alaba to Anfield this month to ease the pressure on the club’s treatment room.
Having won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues with Bayern, the Austria international is a proven winner and would have embedded well into Klopp’s “heavy metal” style of play.
That being said, the German tactician will have to look at alternate options on their shopping list, with Lille’s Sven Botman being high on it.
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