Liverpool have reportedly been told that they can sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich in the January transfer window for a cut-price deal.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool have been told that Bayern Munich are now preparing to cash in on Alaba in January for £30m to avoid losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The report claims that Alaba has fallen out with the hierarchy at Bayern and could be moved on as quickly as January, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2021.

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MUNICH, GERMANY – Tuesday, August 1, 2017: Liverpool’s Ryan Kent and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba during the Audi Cup 2017 match between FC Bayern Munich and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Liverpool have a big decision to make, if this report is accurate, when the January window opens. Do they sign Alaba for £30m to avoid any other clubs snapping him up before them or do they wait until the summer and hope to sign him for nothing?

£30m for Alaba seems to be excessive, when you consider Liverpool’s deal to sign Thiago from Bayern earlier this year. Thiago had one year left on his contract at Bayern and Liverpool were able to bring him in for a fee of £20m, rising to £25m. So, why should Liverpool pay £5-10m more than that for a player with only six months on his contract?

Alaba is only a year younger than Thiago and has a lower average WhoScored rating throughout his career. This suggests that he should be valued less, given that he has performed to a lower standard and has less time to run on his contract. The report claims that Liverpool have been told it is a cut-price deal, but that does not appear to actually be the case after looking into the potential value of it compared to other transfers – like Thiago.

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