Liverpool have been told that David Alaba could be sold by Bayern Munich for a knockdown fee in January after falling out with the club hierarchy.
The Austria international, 28, has had a public spat with the German giants over a new contract and he went public earlier this week to slam reports he is being too greedy.
The door has opened for Liverpool and other interested clubs to swoop for Alaba, 28, in January as his price begins to tumble ahead of his current deal expiring next summer.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Alaba is on Liverpool’s target list, just as his former Bayern teammate Thiago Alcantara was before his own sensational Anfield move.
The Merseysiders have been told Alaba – valued at £59m by Transfermarkt – will be available for half that figure in the upcoming January window.
Bayern president Herbert Hainer said last Sunday that contract talks with the player are now over over after he rejected their latest offer.
That produced a stinging response from Alaba and the possibility of a January transfer is now likely to hinge on whether he remains a key member of Hansi Flick’s team over the next two months.
Like Alaba’s other suitors Barcelona and Real Madrid, Liverpool know the Austrian can be signed on a pre-contract from 1 January or on a free transfer next summer.
He is a remarkably versatile operator who can play anywhere in defence, midfield or, even, attack, as he has done regularly for his country.
Alaba has spent virtually his entire professional career at Bayern and played mostly at left-back, but has been used solely at centre-back this season.
All nine of his appearances this season have come in central defence, including in Tuesday night’s 6-2 Champions League win at Red Bull Salzburg as he partnered Jerome Boateng at the back.
Intriguingly, Alaba suffered the rare situation of being benched for the last Bundesliga match against Cologne but he immediately returned to the starting XI.