Liverpool are not pursuing a move for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, according to reports. The Reds contacted the player’s agent last summer expressing an interest, but a move is no longer considered viable.
These claims come from The ECHO. They believe that Anfield officials have been aware of the Austrian international’s contractual situation for some time, but aren’t willing to take their interest further.
Alaba, 28, is out of contract in the summer and reportedly is intent on securing a new challenge following 12 years at the Allianz Arena.
Liverpool have a good working relationship with Bayern following their successful acquisition of Thiago Alcantara last summer. As a result, it made sense for the Reds to overlook Alaba’s situation in Bavaria with a watchful eye.
For now, however, such links appear to be unrealistic.
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Real Madrid currently lead the race to sign Alaba, as per The Guardian.
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Liverpool’s reported interest in Alaba seems a perfect case of right player, wrong time.
The Reds are in urgent need of defensive cover, after all. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all currently injured.
Indeed, Alaba will have turned 29 by the end of the season and is relatively the same age as Van Dijk and Matip. It makes little sense for Liverpool to wait until the summer for 73-time Austria international. They need reinforcements now, not in June.
With that said, Alaba would have been an ideal signing if a deal could have been struck this month. However, this suddenly seems unlikely and Liverpool will have to look elsewhere for a defensive alternative.