Liverpool refusing to pay €12m per year to 28-year-old Austrian defender

Liverpool could be forced to walk away from a possible move for David Alaba after Fabrizio Romano revealed the Austrian star is demanding a huge wage.

The Reds have been mentioned with the Bayern Munich star for some time now, with his current deal running out in just six months’ time.

Romano states Alaba is calling for a yearly wage of €12 million (just over £10.8 million) – which would make the player the Reds second-highest paid player after Mohamed Salah.

As the Italian source GMS, the versatile defender’s new club would also have to pay excessive commissions to land him on a Bosman transfer.

Earlier in January, GOAL’s Romeo Agresti revealed both Jurgen Klopp’s side and Real Madrid have tabled offers of £9.1 million to David – which now appears to be around £2 million per annum shy.

Real Madrid are seen as David’s favoured club of choice, but the Reds’ German tactician and Thiago Alcantara could try to convince the player to opt for Anfield instead.

Alaba can play in various positions and could offer Liverpool depth at left-back, centre-half, and central midfield, the latter of which could be extra valuable given a lack of news on Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract situation.

In other news, the Reds are set for a £42m blow as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a fresh market-leading report.

Liverpool will publish their financial reports in the next few months after a glittering 2020 which saw the club end their 30-year wait for a league title in style.