Liverpool reportedly remain in the hunt for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba despite claims he has found an agreement with Real Madrid.
Alaba is one of the biggest names set to be on the move in 2021. The Austrian is out of contract at the end of the season and it seems his long association with Bayern will come to an end.
With Alaba still in his prime, there are a number of suitors for his signature. Chances to sign a player of his calibre for free do not come around often.
Liverpool are among the clubs to have been linked with Alaba. The champions are not rushing into a defensive signing this month but could act for the end of the season.
In fact, it has been claimed that Liverpool have opened talks with his representatives. They will have to make a convincing pitch, though, as Alaba could be tempted elsewhere.
For example, Real Madrid are a prime contender for the 28-year-old. The Spanish champions want to find the heir to Sergio Ramos at the back and Alaba still has a good few years left at the top.
There were claims earlier this week that Alaba had agreed a deal with Madrid that would see him sign a four-year contract in the summer.
Pending a medical, Alaba is expected to sign a pre-contract agreement for a salary of €230,000-per-week.
His father George Alaba has said: “I cannot confirm the reports from Spain. Nothing is fixed or signed yet. There are many interested parties.”
While Madrid remain the favourites, Bild claim that Liverpool are still in the running alongside several other Premier League teams.
The newspaper claims the Reds are “especially” strong contenders to rival Madrid for Alaba.
Alaba delaying decision
Meanwhile, Sky list Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG as the other clubs that could be in talks for Alaba.
It has always been believed that the player’s preference would be either Madrid or Barcelona. However, he cannot compare the two rivals at present.
That’s because Barcelona’s offer depends on the outcome of their presidential election, which has been delayed. The picture will become clearer in the spring.
If Joan Laporta wins the election, that could facilitate a move for Alaba – whose agent Pini Zahavi has a good relationship with that candidate.
It could take until April or May for Alaba to make up his mind, though, as all parties await the outcome of those talks.