Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, Fabrizio Romano has made a big claim about Liverpool’s offer to sign David Alaba on a pre-contract agreement this month.
Alaba has been free to negotiate with any foreign club since the 1st of January after his contract at Bayern Munich entered it’s final six months.
Understandably, there was a bit of a scramble between Europe’s top sides to offer Alaba terms with a view to bringing him in this summer, with Liverpool one of the clubs linked.
Real Madrid seem to have won the race, but Fabrizio Romano is now claiming that Liverpool made the best offer, from a financial sense, to sign him.
“They have the agreement, the pre-contract with David Alaba is absolutely ready, so there is like a verbal agreement between Alaba and Real Madrid for a four-year contract, his salary will be around €12 million per season after taxes, so there is the agreement between Alaba and Real Madrid,” Romano said.
“We said about Liverpool, we said about PSG, how are they positioned in this race?” His co-host asked
“Yes, we mentioned five clubs interested in David Alaba, and I can confirm that around five clubs contacted his agent, so as a top free agent David Alaba was hearing from many bids, his priority has always been Real Madrid,” Romano said.
“The best bid, talking about from an economical side, was from Liverpool, they made an important bid to sign David Alaba, also PSG were so interested to sign David Alaba.”
Money talks in football, but not on this occasion.
The defender seemed to have his heart set on Real Madrid, and despite Liverpool offering more money than any other side, it seems as though he’s headed to the Spanish capital.
While this is discouraging to hear if you’re a Liverpool fan, there is a silver lining in that Liverpool had the funds available to outspend Real Madrid and PSG, two of the richest clubs in world football.
Of course, Alaba hasn’t put pen to paper at Madrid yet, so there is still a small chance of a late U-turn, but with Romano’s comments here, that seems very unlikely.
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