Alaba, 28, is expected to put an end to his illustrious 12-year spell at the Allianz Arena this summer. His contract is due to expire at the end of the season, after all.
He has clocked up a whopping 406 appearances during that period in Bavaria – winning 23 club honours, too.
However, in football especially, all good things must come to end, and it seems as if Alaba’s final few months in Munich are upon him. Real Madrid and Liverpool are amongst the candidates to sign the 73-time Austria international, according to reports.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano, as per GiveMeSport. He claims that Liverpool are among five European clubs hoping to secure Alaba’s signature this summer.
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On the subject of Alaba, Pearce recently provided an update on those reports during the aftermath of Liverpool’s 4-1 victory against Aston Villa on Friday night.
“Alaba is expected to sign for Real Madrid. LFC have no interest in Ramos. It’s silly season with rumours currently,” Pearce said, as per The Athletic.
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In the case of Alaba, it seems as if Liverpool have been mooted with a move for the right player at the wrong time.
The Reds require a ready-made player to come in and aid Liverpool’s defensive conundrum now, not in July.
Alaba is relatively the same age as both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, too. With that said, signing him wouldn’t exactly match Liverpool’s ideologies around long-term planning and strategic investment.
Furthermore, his wages are another issue entirely. According to Goal, Alaba is intent on securing a £12 million per season pay packet with his next employer.
As a result, it seems as if Liverpool will have to look elsewhere to combat their defensive troubles. The Reds aren’t ones for quick fixes and avoid knee-jerk reactions in the transfer market.
Indeed, circumstances would be different if Alaba was on the market now. Liverpool are without their three first-choice centre-backs, after all.
However, it appears neither the cost or availability match-up from Liverpool’s point of view. Thus, Klopp and the Reds cannot justify taking their reported interest in Alaba any further.