Liverpool and Man City in 'four-way race for Alaba on a free transfer

Liverpool and Man City in ‘four-way race for David Alaba on a free transfer along with PSG and Juventus’… but Bayern Munich star ‘would rather join Barcelona or Real Madrid’

  • David Alaba is attracting plenty of attention from a host of Europe’s top clubs
  • Alaba’s contract with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich expires next summer
  • He is not close to agreeing a new contract, meaning a move away is likely
  • The experienced Austrian reportedly has his heart set on a move to Spain 

Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City are among four clubs reportedly interested in snapping up David Alaba on a free transfer next summer. 

Alaba’s contract with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich runs out in June 2021 and no agreement over a new deal is in the pipeline, putting a host of Europe’s top teams on alert.

And according to AS, City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all regard the experienced Austrian as a primary target.

David Alaba’s future looks uncertain with his Bayern Munich contract expiring next summer

With Alaba set to become a free agent, chasing clubs can begin pre-contract negotiations with last season’s Champions League winner as early as January.

However, according to Sport Bild, the four European giants could all miss out.

The 28-year-old would reportedly rather join Spanish juggernauts Real Madrid or Barcelona – with both clubs looking for players on the cheap after being financially stung by the coronavirus crisis.

Alaba’s ability to play centre-back, left-back, or in central midfield while having vast experience at the highest level would make him a hugely useful player for any team.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (right) are both interested in Bayern Munich’s experienced star

Alaba recently criticised Bayern – where he has been since 2008 – for the way in which they have handled his contract situation.

Alaba – who has helped Bayern win nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and two Champions League trophies – admitted that he found out the club had withdrawn a new contract offer ‘on the news’. 

Bayern president Herbert Hainer publicly announced that they had withdrawn a five-year deal after the player’s agent rejected their latest terms.

Alaba said that he found out about Bayern’s actions at the same time as everyone else and expressed his disappointment with the fact that the club hadn’t contacted him first.

‘I heard it like everyone else on the news,’ Alaba told a press conference ahead of their game at Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.

However, Alaba would reportedly rather join Spanish giants Barcelona or Real Madrid

‘I cannot say how it will continue from this point. I am glad to be playing for Bayern, and to be a part of the team. But what the future will look like after yesterday evening I just cannot say, as no one has talked to me officially.’

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has, however, stated that the European champions want Alaba – who has made almost 400 appearances for them – to stay beyond the end of his current deal.

‘I don’t know [if Alaba will leave],’ he told Sport Bild. ‘We had a meeting two weeks ago with his father George and his advisor Pini Zahavi. The conversation was okay, the atmosphere was alright.

‘But I have to say, we’ve been going in circles for months. At some point we have to start planning for the new season. We have to know: will David stay with Bayern or not? A decision is important to us at this point.’

Alaba celebrates after winning the Champions League with Bayern last season in Lisbon

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