Juventus have emerged as a frontrunner to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, according to a report.
Alaba is out of contract in Munich next summer and is free to talk to other clubs in January.
The left-sided defender looks set for a new challenge, despite Bayern ruling out a January exit.
The future of the Austrian is up in the air after a public fall-out with the club’s hierarchy, who have withdrawn their offer of a new contract to him.
Alaba, 28, could leave in January for a cut-price fee and, as reported by Tuttosport, Alaba’s versatility has attracted Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo.
Pirlo is looking for a long-term replacement for Giorgio Chiellini and the Serie A side think that Alaba is the best option out there.
Alaba’s experience means he will be a man in demand, and given he could move for free next summer, there will be numerous clubs in the market for him.
Liverpool have been credited with an interest previously in the €60-70m-rated player as they look for defensive cover. Virgil van Dijk is likely to miss the remainder of the season, while Joe Gomez is now injured after pulling out of the England squad after sustaining an injury in training.
Fabinho could well return this weekend, but Klopp is likely to be looking for cover in January.
Alaba snubs new offer
Alaba is said to be keen on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to Football Insider.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the player had rejected a new deal at the start of the month
“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.