Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano revealed that Liverpool have made a bid for Bayern Munich defender, David Alaba.
Since joining Bayern from Young Violets Austria Wien back in 2008, Alaba has gone on to have a spectacular career in Germany, winning two Champions League titles, nine Bundesliga titles, two UEFA Super Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup, five DFL Supercups and six DFB Pokals.
However, with his contract at Die Roten set to expire at the end of the season, it would appear that the £58.5 million-rated 28-year-old’s time with the Bundesliga side is coming to an end, with Marca recently reporting that the defender has ‘agreed a four-year deal’ with Real Madrid, despite Liverpool hoping to swoop among a host of clubs.
The next move of Alaba was one topic of conversation on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, in which Romano, despite admitting that the player is indeed close to joining Madrid, claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s side have made the 28-year-old an important bid.
He said: “We mentioned like five clubs interested in David Alaba and I can confirm that around five clubs contacted his agent. So, as a top free agent, David Alaba was [receiving] many bids, [but] his priority has always been Real Madrid. But, the best bid, talking about the economical side, was from Liverpool, they did an important bid to sign David Alaba.
“Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain were absolutely in the race, but, Real Madrid have always been leading this race. So, at the moment, we’re waiting for Alaba to sign his contract to complete everything, but Alaba is close to [becoming] a Real Madrid player for next season.
“Liverpool know that, at the moment, the situation is really complicated for them to try to be in the race [again] because they made an important bid and Alaba’s priority will always be Real Madrid, so it will be really difficult to come back in the race.”
Would Alaba be a good signing for Liverpool?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding David Alaba…
With Liverpool currently being without their three senior centre-backs of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip due to injury, it is fairly evident that the club requires greater depth in the position.
And with Alaba’s market value just shy of £60m, to get him on a free transfer following the expiry of his current deal would almost certainly be a big coup for whoever secures his signature.
However, while a bid to try and sign Alaba for next season would, in our opinion, be an impressive move to pull off, it does not exactly help Jurgen Klopp in his title defence of the Premier League in the here and now.
As such, perhaps Liverpool prioritising a move for a centre-back who is available to sign immediately would make much more sense than focusing on a deal for the Bayern defender.