Barcelona have pulled out of the race to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, according to reports. Alaba is out of contract at Bayern at the end of this season and has been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs. Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the 28-year-old following the season-ending injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk.
Alaba has transformed into one of Europe’s top centre-backs in the last two years after spending the majority of his career as a left-back.
The Austria international has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League trophies in his time at Bayern.
So there is no wonder the likes of Barca, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City are sniffing around him.
But it appears Barca have ruled themselves out of the running.
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Spanish outlet Sport says Barca have made contact with Alaba.
However, the Nou Camp club are not willing to pay him the wages he demands.
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The report says Alaba will ask for €15million (£13.5m) net per season which Barca cannot afford following the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
Alaba is one of a number of centre-backs who have been linked with Liverpool following the anterior cruciate knee ligament injury suffered by Van Dijk last month.
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Jurgen Klopp is also currently without Fabinho due to a hamstring injury and Joel Matip due to ongoing fitness problems.
Football Insider say the Reds can sign him for as little as £30m in the January transfer window.
Last week, Alaba revealed his disappointment that Bayern had withdrawn their contract offer without telling him.
“Disappointed is the word for it,” Alaba said in a press conference.
“I learned about it yesterday in the news. It was a special situation. What happens next remains to be seen. I haven’t thought it over yet.
“Internal matters should remain internal. Presenting my person in public in this way does not correspond to the truth.
“I was disappointed and hurt that the salary demands [attributed to Alaba in the press] were not officially denied…
“I’ve said that I’m happy to be here. I still have not yet thought about my future. Bayern was always my first contact. I haven’t contacted any other clubs.”
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