Liverpool have reportedly been given a boost in their pursuit of David Alaba as Real Madrid are struggling to afford his wage demands.
According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid are unable to afford his wage demands of €10m-per-season and would have to sell their left-back Marcelo in order to sign Alaba on a free transfer.
The Reds have been linked with a swoop for the Austrian international, whose contract at Bayern Munich is due to expire at the end of the season.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This transfer chase could come down to who is willing to pay the money. The wages Alaba wants comes to roughly £160k-per-week and almost £9m-per-season, which is why Bayern have not agreed a new contract with him yet and why Real are needing to potentially cash in on Marcelo just to be able to afford him. It is not known, however, if Liverpool would be able to either afford it or want to afford it.
According to Sportekz, only three Liverpool players are earning more than that at the club right now. Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and Mo Salah are reportedly the only three players earning over £150k-per-week. Is that worth it for a centre-back who has averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.60 in the Bundesliga this season? If Liverpool can buy another centre-back on a cheaper deal, then no.
Dayot Upamecano has a WhoScored rating of 7.02 in the Bundesliga for Leipzig this season and reportedly earning £42k-per-week. This means that he is performing to a higher level than Alaba at the moment, whilst also earning far less money than the Austrian. Therefore, he could be a better signing for Liverpool if they are able to get him instead.