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Report: Liverpool won't pursue David Alaba after excessive wage demands

David Alaba has wage demands too high for Liverpool to consider, according to reports. The Reds will bow out of the race.

David Alaba is up for grabs this summer. His contract with Bayern Munich expires and he won’t sign a new one.

That makes him hot property. The Austrian has been one of the world’s best full-backs for around 10 years but he’s become so much more than that.

Alaba can play in midfield and at centre-back, doing both to a high level. Any team would be lucky to get him – and he clearly knows that.

ESPN report that Bayern offered Alaba around £250k-a-week wages over a five-year deal. He said no.

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Instead, he’s nearing a deal with Real Madrid for around £400k-a-week. Yes, £400k.

The report claims that both Chelsea and Liverpool looked at those wage demands and passed on Alaba. They won’t be offering that, even if Real will.

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No one can possibly have a problem with this. £400k-a-week? Alaba wouldn’t be worth anything near that to Liverpool.

For one, there’s no obvious first-team place for him. Certainly none that commands that kind of salary.

Spotrac lists Mohamed Salah as the highest-paid Liverpool player on £200k-a-week. There’s some perspective, then, on those demands.

Would Alaba be such a signing that Liverpool should offer him double what anyone else is on? Of course not.

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And that’s without considering the ramifications of that kind of deal. We can’t imagine that every other player would look at that and feel fine with what they’ve got.

So if Real are happy to pay that, then they should get the player. And congratulations to Alaba for securing those kind of wages.

Because he certainly wouldn’t be getting them anywhere else.

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