According to reports in Italy, Juventus have emerged as the favourites to land Bayern Munich superstar David Alaba.
The 28-year-old’s contract at the Allianz Arena expires at the end of June next year, and there is a possibility that he could leave in January for a cut-price fee.
Alaba has recently been deployed by Bayern manager Hansi Flick as a make-shift central defender, and was an integral figure for the Bundesliga champions in their sixth European Cup triumph last season.
He has clocked up a whopping 396 appearences for Bayern since progressing from the club’s academy in 2010, winning 23 honours in that time.
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Alaba is one of the world’s most recognised serial winners and if Juventus do choose to pursue a move for the in-demand defender, the Serie A champions are set to face a considerable amount of competition, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain also monitoring the situation.
The Austrian international recently criticised Bayern president Herbert Hainer for publicly announcing that the club had withdrawn their offer of a five-year contract.
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Liverpool signing Alaba would unquestionably be a dream acquisition and competition for the Bayern icon is to be expected.
After all, he is as versatile as they come and has the winning pedigree only a handful of players across the continent can look to match.
Alaba even recently got the backing of Anfield icon and PL 100 club star Emile Heskey during an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop.
Alaba would help provide some much-needed cover in central defence to compensate for the loss of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term knee injuries while he can also give Jurgen Klopp another dimension in midfield and at full-back as well.
Whether or not Liverpool look to actively make their interest known remains to be seen although it will be difficult for the club to find a better ready-made alternative elsewhere.