Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has urged David Alaba to consider all his options before looking towards a move away from the German champions in January.
Alaba, 28, has just a few months remaining on his contract at Bayern and he could be available on a desmond come the summer window.
According to journalist Christian Falk, the defender has rejected a new contract at the home of the reigning Champions League holders.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) October 28, 2020
This means a number of European clubs can approach the Austrian defender in January with a view to agreeing on a pre-contract with Alaba.
Liverpool have recently been linked with a move for the versatile Bayern star after Virgil van Dijk suffered an ACL rupture that looks to keep him out for the rest of the season.
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Injuries to Joel Matip and Fabinho have also intensified rumours linking the Reds to a number of central defensive alternatives.
Alaba may not be a natural centre half but he did feature alongside Jerome Boateng en route to Bayern’s sixth European Cup triumph in Lisbon back in August.
Yet Alaba’s versatility and ability to play both full-back and midfield could see him as a viable replacement for the experienced and industrious James Milner.
Klopp is a big fan of players who can play in multiple positions and given his winning-pedigree with Bayern, Liverpool would be inheriting the services of a player who is already a recognised serial winner.
Flick on Alaba
But amid contractual issues and a reported exit, Flick has urged Alaba to sign a new deal and commit himself the club to end the possibility of him leaving the club in January.
“Against Arminia Bielefeld, Atletico Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt, Alaba is doing a good job,” Flick said as per The Daily Star.
“I feel he’s the same as last season, very focused, loud on the pitch. He’s one of the players who leads our defence. For me, there’s no difference between now and last season.
“I’m not concerning myself at all right now.
“I still hope he’ll sign with Bayern because I think he knows what the situation is like here in Munich.
“It’s a lot of fun to train with a team with a good atmosphere here. We play successful football and this club is one of the best in the world.
“The conditions are top for every player right now and I think he’ll think twice about changing that.
“It’s his decision – and we have to respect that, obviously – but I hope he will stay. He has to decide, my feeling is irrelevant.”
What RTK has to say
It certainly is a move that makes a lot of sense when you consider key variables such as finance and necessity.
Liverpool could look to strike a similar deal they orchestrated when Thiago joined the Reds from Bayern last month.
The Spaniard has a good working relationship with Alaba having spent the best part of a decade alongside him at the Allianz Arena. Liverpool can use this to their own advantage.
The lure of Jurgen Klopp and Anfield has proven too difficult to ignore for even the best players in world football in recent years. Alaba is one of the finest and most versatile footballers in the game, to land him on a free would be an extraordinary example of business.
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