Liverpool are reportedly one of the clubs interested in David Alaba as his future plans become clearer – but Chelsea have been ruled out.
Alaba is entering the final six months of his contract with Bayern Munich, with whom he won the Champions League last season.
The Austria international has impressed in a number of positions during his decade-long-spell with Bayern. He mainly plays at left-back or centre-back but also capable of filling in as a defensive midfielder.
Despite all he has contributed to Bayern over the years, though, their time together is coming to an end. The Bundesliga champions have pulled out of contract negotiations due to his high demands.
Therefore, Alaba could be on the move as a free agent. The chance to sign a player of his quality without a transfer fee will be irresistible for Europe’s biggest clubs.
Indeed, several Premier League sides have been linked with making offers for Alaba. For example, Liverpool are in need of more defensive options.
Manchester United were also a potential suitor, but appear to have coolled their interest due to the financial aspects of his contract.
It appears Liverpool remain in the hunt, though. According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, the champions have a “strong interest” in Alaba.
Ornstein also backs up the idea that Manchester City are contenders for his signature. Alaba used to play under Pep Guardiola in Munich, of course.
The journalist maintains that United could still swoop, but has denied claims that Chelsea could make an offer. Links with the Blues seem to have come from his agent.
Timeframe set for Alaba signing
Alaba was initially keen to join either Real Madrid or Barcelona in La Liga. However, “all possibilities remain open”, writes Ornstein.
It does seem, though, that extending his deal at Bayern is definitely not a possibility. Alaba can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside Germany from January, and it seems he will take this avenue.
The 28-year-old wants to decide his future before the expiration of his deal with Bayern so that he can make a quick start to life at his new club. He will sign a new deal on July 1st, Ornstein confirms, wherever that may be.