David Alaba has reportedly turned down the advances of Liverpool for two reasons as he prepares to leave Bayern Munich.
Alaba will leave Bayern when his contract expires at the end of the season. It will bring an end to a glittering spell for the Austrian in Munich. He has won 10 Bundesliga titles with the club, including the last nine in a row. There have also been two Champions League triumphs in that time.
The versatile star was a key member of the Bayern squad that won that trophy last season. However, he is now ready to take up a fresh challenge.
It is believed his priority is to join Real Madrid. Indeed, there have been reports that the deal is practically already agreed.
But he has had interest from the Premier League as well, with Liverpool one of his suitors. The Reds are looking to strengthen defensively and Alaba could help them in multiple roles.
Able to play as a centre-back, defensive midfielder or left-back, the 28-year-old would be a world-class reinforcement at Anfield. But it appears he has no interest in making such a move.
According to Don Balon, Alaba has snubbed Liverpool for two reasons. First, he only has his heart set on Real Madrid. Second, he does not want to join a club who won’t be playing in the Champions League next season.
It isn’t mathematically impossible for Liverpool to work their way back into that competition. However, it seems an uphill battle, whereas Madrid have already met this criterion.
Therefore, Alaba would see Liverpool as a “step back”, which he does not want to take at this moment in time. Even if Liverpool were to present a better financial offer, he would still snub them.
It seems Real Madrid is the only destination Alaba is considering.
Instead, Ibrahima Konate appears to be the main option Liverpool are looking at to strengthen at centre-back.
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For another of the positions Alaba could have covered, midfield, Liverpool have been linked with Brighton star Yves Bissouma.
The Brighton star will have two years left on his contract at the end of the season and also has interest from Arsenal and Manchester City.
According to The Times, the Mali international has learned of the interest in his name and subsequently asked Brighton if he can find a new club this summer.
Klopp has already begun scouting the player heavily, assessing his ‘character’ and ‘off-field behaviour’.
As such, the manager is hoping to get a better idea of Bissouma’s capability to play in his team.
Nevertheless, moving to a club with Champions League football next season is reportedly the 24-year-old’s preference.