Why Liverpool decided against signing David Alaba after holding talks with his agent last summer
Why Liverpool decided against signing David Alaba after holding talks with the Bayern Munich centre-back’s agent last summer.
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The 28-year-old centre-back will leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer after both the sides failed to agree on a contract renewal for the Austrian.
Liverpool held talks with David Alaba’s agent last summer but decided against signing David Alaba because they felt he isn’t the player they need at this time.
The Independent reports that Jurgen Klopp’s side held talks with the Bayern Munich centre-back’s entourage to know more about his contract demands, as they were aware that the player would most likely be leaving the Bavarian outfit on a free transfer in 2021.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly a huge fan of the Austrian, having watched him play against his Borussia Dortmund side for years, but the club’s transfer committee regards the player as too small and not strong enough in the air to play as a centre-back in the Premier League.
This realization convinced Liverpool to back away from the Austrian in the summer, while also keeping them from making any attempt at getting his signature in the coming months, as they believe that Alaba isn’t a player they need at this time.
Alaba salary demand also put the Reds off
Mirror Football claims that at the time Liverpool reached out to his representatives, the player was adamant that he deserved a package worth £12m a year after tax – which means the Reds or any other club wishing to sign him would have to pay the Austrian £230,000 per week post tax.
Aside from the salary demands of Alaba, his age – the player would be turning 29 this summer, also convinced the club’s higher ups to focus on developing one of the younger players already at the side than bringing in a veteran from elsewhere.