David Alaba has snubbed a move to the Premier League after reportedly agreeing a move to Real Madrid.
Having entered the final six months of his Bayern deal, Alaba is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club in another country.
And he has agreed a four-year deal to join Real Madrid, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
United have also been linked with the 28-year-old, with the club said to be targeting a top-class centre-back partner for skipper Harry Maguire.
The Reds held talks with David Alaba’s representatives last summer – but backed out of a deal, according to the Independent.
Alaba reportedly wanted a package worth £12million a year after tax, the equivalent of £230,000 per week post-deductions – an astronomical figure by any club’s standards.
That was not necessarily a deal breaker as far as Liverpool were concerned, but the club had their own reasons for dropping their interest.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Firstly, 5ft 11ins Alaba was deemed by Reds coaches as smaller than their ideal height for a central defender.
There was plenty of appeal in Alaba’s ability to also play at left-back, but that soon diminished when Kostas Tsimikas was brought in as cover for Andy Robertson.
Speculation was rife that Liverpool could renew their interest after first-choice centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were sidelined by long-term injuries.
But Alaba would have cost a hefty sum to sign in the January transfer window, and was always expected to see out his contract in Munich before joining Madrid in the summer.
The Austria international has been a first-team regular with Bayern for almost a decade, and can count nine Bundesliga titles, two Champions League triumphs, the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup among his huge trophy haul.
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