It seems like David Alaba’s transfer saga has turned us into what many of us had predicted - a bidding war between the group of elite clubs over the world.
This week, a series of events unfolded with MARCA reporting that the Bayern Munich center-back had reached a four-year agreement with Spanish giants Real Madrid, followed by his father denying the rumour. George Alaba reaffirmed that “other clubs”, chiefly Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, are still in contention for his 28-year-old son’s signature.
Now, Fabrizio Romano has outlined an interesting detail in his podcast “Here we go”. Like MARCA, the Italian journalist also believes that Madrid have reached a pre-agreement with coach Hansi Flick’s chief-in-defense, but claims that it was Liverpool who made the most economically-attractive offer.
Below is the excerpt from his podcast (as provided by anfieldwatch.co.uk):
They (Real Madrid) have the agreement, the pre-contract with David Alaba is absolutely ready, so there is like a verbal agreement between Alaba and Real Madrid for a four-year contract, his salary will be around €12 million per season after taxes, so there is the agreement between Alaba and Real Madrid.
When asked about the status of the rest of the interested parties like Juventus and Barcelona, Romano revealed the following:
Yes, we mentioned five clubs interested in David Alaba, and I can confirm that around five clubs contacted his agent, so as a top free agent David Alaba was hearing from many bids, his priority has always been Real Madrid. The best bid, talking about from an economical side, was from Liverpool, they made an important bid to sign David Alaba, also PSG were so interested to sign David Alaba.
The report comes in stark contrast to the earlier claims that Liverpool may be forced to drop out from the race due to Alaba’s “lofty” wage demands. In fact, the EPL giants are yet to give up on him, as per Sport Bild.
Update @David_Alaba: @realmadrid are still favorites. but also Liverpool @LFC are trying to get the player @BILD_Sport— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) January 19, 2021
At Liverpool, Alaba can form a potentially world-beater partnership with Virgil van Dijk. His ability to play in multiple positions can help him fill in for Scotland captain Andy Robertson at left-back. Moreover, if stalwart Georginio Wijnaldum fails to reach a contract extension, Alaba might also get a shot in midfield. Therefore, it is only natural that coach Jurgen Klopp’s side are still chasing the two-time treble winner’s signature.
However, in the case that the ‘Anfielders’ throw in the towel for the Austria international, perhaps it can be assumed that they might provide stiff competition to Bayern for Dayot Upamecano’s signature. Considering that the reigning EPL champions were willing to outmatch Madrid’s lucrative offer of €230,000 (£204,000) net wages per week, Liverpool look to be in the financial position to lure RB Leipzig’s highly-coveted center-back.