Liverpool wanted a double transfer from Bayern Munich over the summer, according to reports. One player turned them down, however.
Liverpool completed one transfer from Bayern Munich this year, of course. They brought in Thiago for around £20m.
But according to 90min, that wasn’t the entire plan. They also wanted to bring in David Alaba on a similar kind of deal.
Liverpool got Thiago on the cheap because his contract was expiring in 2021. Alaba remains in that same situation and it appears the Reds thought they could get both players.
Alaba, however, saw things differently to Thiago. He rejected a move to the Premier League, hoping instead to join Real Madrid or Barcelona in La Liga.
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The situation has apparently changed once again, though. The report says Alaba is far more open to a move to England now once his contract expires at the end of June.
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We’d actually suggested Alaba on a free way back in March. It now seems that there’s something to it.
AS now mention Liverpool as one team in the ‘titanic’ fight for the Austrian. And you’d imagine it would be quite the battle.
Alaba is a hugely experienced, world-class and versatile player. He’s fantastic at left-back, can play centre-half comfortably, and is actually a natural midfielder.
That will appeal to virtually every club under the sun. Especially Liverpool, though, who really do like versatile players.
As we mentioned in March, he could replace James Milner – now 34 – who has made his way at Liverpool by playing nearly everywhere.
Alaba could take over in that regard, then. But there’s the other side – he could provide perfect January cover in light of Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
Liverpool may not want to go all-out on a centre-half as Van Dijk will return eventually. But signing someone who can play well there but excels somewhere else could work nicely.
We’ll have to wait and see – but the links between Liverpool and Alaba keep on growing.