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Report: Barcelona pull out of race to sign Liverpool target David Alaba

According to reports from Spain, David Alaba’s recent contractual demands have meant Barcelona have been priced out of a potential deal for the in-demand Bayern Munich defender.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: David Alaba of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

Alaba, 28, has recently entered the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena, and the nine-time Bundesliga champions is reportedly open to the prospect of a new challenge at another club with reports indicating Liverpool are among the interested parties.

The Austrian international is able to demand such eye-watering wages as there will be no transfer fee required to sign a player who is set to become a free agent in less than 12 months time.

AS reports that Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City and a Liverpool outfit that have already successfully acquired Thiago Alacantara earlier this summer are circling as the left-back considers his options following his decision to already reject three new contract offers from Bayern.

Whether Liverpool would be willing to pay Alaba’s wage demands is another question entirely given the tight operation sporting director Micahel Edwards looks to implement at the club.

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According to Spotrac, Mohamed Salah is currently Liverpool’s highest earner taking home a reported £200,000 a week.

Meanwhile, Alaba wants £260,000-a-week plus bonuses amid reports from Spain which would significantly see him as the highest earner at Anfield.

AS also claim that Barcelona, who attempted to balance the books financially at the club by allowing Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Rafinha walk away on a desmond, cannot afford the figures that Alaba is demanding.

MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 21: David Alaba of FC Bayern Muenchen ties his shoelaces during warm up ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A stage match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Atletico Madrid at Allianz Arena on October 21, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Liverpool moving for Alaba makes perfect sense despite it potentially going against the club’s self-sustained transfer model as a number of unforeseen circumstances have changed the club’s hand.

For one, the Premier League champions currently have Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho nursing lengthy injuries while Joel Matip has only just recovered from a muscle problem and has a very unfavourable fitness record against him.

Liverpool do usually go for younger and more unproven options in the market but as showcased in the deal to land Thiago, the Reds are willing to break tradition when a player of sufficient quality becomes available.

 

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