Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer has given Liverpool a boost in their pursuit of David Alaba after revealing that they have withdrawn their contract offer to extend the defender’s deal.

Alaba is out of contract at the end of the season and Hainer says that Bayern sent him a “very good offer” but he was not willing to agree to it, resulting in Bayern pulling out of the negotiations entirely.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Alaba and could negotiate a pre-contract agreement with him in the January transfer window if he does not pen a new deal at the Allianz before then.

Speaking to BR, as transcribed by The Daily Mail, Hainer revealed the latest on Alaba’s situation at Bayern. “We submitted to David and his advisor some time ago what we think was a very good offer.

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LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: David Alaba of FC Bayern Munich celebrates following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Matt Childs/Pool via Getty Images)

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“During the last meeting we had said we wanted clarity by the end of October. We did not hear anything until yesterday and we contacted his advisor.

“The answer was that the offer was still unsatisfactory and we should think about it again. We then decided to take the offer completely off the table. This means there is no longer an offer.”

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

This news could be a huge boost for Liverpool, given that it indicates that Alaba is keen to leave Bayern at the end of the season. If he is not interested in signing a new deal with Bayern, as shown by his refusal to accept a, seemingly, good offer, then he could start attracting interest from other clubs around Europe who could start to speak to him in January ahead of a free transfer in the summer window.

There are two ways Liverpool could now go about their business if they want to sign Alaba. On one hand, they could go all-in in January and try their hardest to pin Alaba down to a pre-contract to secure his signature six months before he can officially join the club. This could help them to avoid competition from other clubs, by not giving them the chance to steal a march on the Reds and agree terms with the Austrian before they have the opportunity to.

On the other hand, they could attempt to ride their luck and hope that Alaba does not sign a pre-contract with another club in January. This could allow Liverpool to assess their options for the rest of the season before making a final decision on whether or not they need to sign Alaba. For example, if Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams all end the season fit and as viable options, Liverpool may not have the need to sign Alaba due to the competition already in place in the central areas.

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