Liverpool are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis, with Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the season and now Fabinho falling to injury, leaving them with the talented but injury prone duo of Joël Matip and Joe Gomez backed up by some promising youth players.
Meanwhile, in Germany, Bayern Munich have seen their third push to sign 28-year-old defender David Alaba to a new deal fail, and with the Austrian’s contract up at the end of the season there is a growing belief that his future lies away from the Bavarian giants.
Put it together, and you can probably see where this is going from a mile or ten off, and it’s Football Insider today doing the actual putting together of pieces and claiming it’s a source within the club helping them to do it: David Alaba is on Liverpool’s transfer list.
Certainly Alaba would be a useful signing, capable of playing across the defensive line—though more comfortable on the left half of it—as well as further up the pitch in midfield. A bit like the recent injured Fabinho, then, just with positional preferences swapped.
On the flipside, though, some reports out of Germany have suggested his contract talks with Bayern have never progressed due to wage demands of around £400k per week, or just about what any two of Liverpool’s current top earners make put together.
There’s also the part where signing him to a pre-contract and getting him next summer wouldn’t exactly help the Reds with this season’s issues, and Alaba will be 29 at the start of the next campaign and so is not exactly a player to build the future around.
If he’s willing to take less money for a new challenge and if Bayern would rather lose him for a nominal fee in January rather than a free in the summer then anything is possible, but for the time being at least we’re skeptical there’s anything to this transfer rumour.