Alaba, 28, is in the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and is free to begin pre-contract arrangements with non-German sides from January 1.
It’s very likely Alaba leaves Bayern at the end of the season, they say. He has already rejected their contract offer having come short of his £9m-a-year demands.
Since moving from left-back to centre-back, Alaba’s game has gone from strength-to-strength under Hansi Flick. Together, they have won almost everything there is to win in club football. As a result, Alaba understandably wants a new challenge.
Indeed, Athletic reporter David Ornstien has claimed the Austria international will have a new club by July 1 – with Liverpool interested. However, ex-Reds midfielder and Anfield icon Hamann believes Alaba’s preferred destination will be to Spain, and either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
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“Alaba’s preferred destination is Spain. The fact Liverpool is interested is not surprising. Alaba has probably been the best centre-back in Europe behind van Dijk over the past 12-18 months. I don’t see Bayern letting him go in January,” Hamann said.
“Upamecano is a tremendous centre-back but Leipzig won’t let him go in January. I don’t see them getting a defender that will improve them in January. These clubs won’t sell. I would stay put, I don’t see any of the top clubs letting their best players go.”
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So, it seems he’d cost a fortune in wages and isn’t totally convinced by the possibility of playing in England. Liverpool may face an uphill battle here.
His versatility certainly makes him an attractive prospect to Jurgen Klopp. He can play anywhere across the backline as well as centre-midfield.
But is he good enough to warrant £9m-a-year in wages? We’re not totally convinced.
Not to mention his best position is on the left side of central defence, which is Virgil van Dijk’s position. The Dutchman will eventually return, after all.
So all in all, this is a signing we can’t see developing into anything concrete. There are simply too many variables that do not add up for Liverpool.
Whoever he signs for, then clearly it would be a top signing. But when Van Dijk and Joe Gomez return, one would have to drop out – which doesn’t make sense long-term.
It seems a case of the right player, wrong time for Liverpool and Alaba.