Liverpool and Manchester City have seen their hopes of signing David Alaba in January take a dramatic nose-dive.
Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for more defensive cover in the wake of Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending ACL injury.
And while Alaba might not be the natural centre-back Klopp desperately needs, he is seemingly in his thinking.
The Austrian is capable of playing anywhere across the defence or midfield and Klopp reportedly sees Alaba as additional cover at the heart of defence.
With the Austrian refusing to sign a new contract with Bayern, talk was growing that a January deal could be on the cards. Manchester City are also understood to be monitoring developments.
However, as per Bild, Bayern have now ruled out the possibility of selling Alaba during the mid-season window. The German paper claims the defender has been deemed “too important” in Hansi Flick’s set up.
It’s reported Flick has been given permission by club chiefs to retain Alaba’s services for as long as possible. Bayern’s decision means, of course, that Alaba will be eligible instead for a free transfer move next summer. It also means he is free to negotiate terms with interested parties from January 1 and sign a pre-contract agreement.
Alaba rejects Bayern contract offer
Nonetheless, Alaba remains determined to leave the Allianz Arena, with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic all-but guaranteeing his exit.
Discussing the situation that led to his contract snub, he explained why Bayern are already planning for life without him.
“I can tell you what happened. We negotiated and made David an offer. He refused it. Ten days ago we sat down again and submitted another offer – with a deadline,” Salihamidzic told Sky Deutsche.
“We informed David and his agent that we would withdraw the offer when the deadline expired. We did that. I spoke to his agent again on Saturday and tried to talk to David again on Sunday because I wanted to know what was going on, but not much happened.
“I don’t know anymore how we will find a way back together. We made an offer and it was rejected. Now we have to assume that David will leave us.
“At some point we wanted to have planning security and know how things would go from here. Then we all made that decision as a club. With Jerome Boateng, Lucas Hernandez, Niklas Sule, Benjamin Pavard – we have cover in this position.”