Here are two reasons Liverpool can forget about a January move for David Alaba. The Austrian is out of contract in 2021.
Liverpool should not move for David Alba in January, not matter how good he is. Here are two reasons the Reds need to look elsewhere.
SportBild claimed earlier in the month that Bayern Munich withdrew from contract talks with Alaba. Why? Because of his demands.
His current one expires in June and the Bavarians made him a substantial offer. The report has that offer at around £200k-a-week, with about half that in bonuses every week.
Per Spotrac, that would have him as the highest-earner at Liverpool. Yet, Alaba rejected it – he wants quite a bit more, it seems.
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The question then becomes – is Alaba worth breaking the wage-structure for? We say no.
He’s supremely talented, of course, but he’s not actually what the Reds need. Alaba primarily plays left-back but Andy Robertson is arguably the best around.
The Austrian can play in defence but as a left-sided centre-half. That’s Virgil van Dijk’s role and Alaba just isn’t as good at it.
There’s the midfield option, too, but Liverpool have a ton of midfielders as it is.
Bayern, again per SportBild, don’t want to sell Alaba in January. They don’t need the cash and would rather keep him.
Thus if Liverpool wanted him, they’d have to offer a very high amount for a player who would be free in six months.
But you can bet Alaba would still want those ‘free agent’ wages – why wouldn’t he?
All of that, combined with where he plays, and we just don’t see how signing Alaba would be worth it at all.
There are other options on the market both cheaper and better-suited to Liverpool.