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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Told to Pay £30M for David Alaba

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The Bayern Munich centre half will be available on the cheap in January if you believe the transfer chatter.

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Bayern Munich centre half David Alaba’s contract is set to expire next summer and the club’s efforts to sign him to a new deal appear to have failed, with reports of a withdrawn offer, fractured relationship, and the possibility of a January move.

None of that seems especially speculative at this point. What actually comes next for Alaba, though, seems far less certain—what his contract demands are, just how interested other clubs are in signing him, and just how likely a January departure really is.

One of the clubs said to be interested in him has been Liverpool, who know they will be without Virgil van Dijk for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and could see in the 28-year-old Alaba a chance to bring in a top defender in his prime on the cheap.

With that in mind, Football Insider claim the club have been quoted a £30M price for Alaba should they want to sign him when the transfer window opens in eight weeks—the same price Bayern entered into Thiago Alcantara negotiations with.

The bigger stumbling block, though, might be wages given Alaba’s relationship with Bayern appears to have broken down over the past year due to rumoured wage demands north of €300k per week along with an agent fee that could exceed €20M.

The player is also said to favour a move to one of the Spanish giants, Barcelona or Real Madrid, though reports indicate neither would be willing or able to pay the kind of wages Alaba appears to be seeking. Manchester City have also been linked.