Liverpool have potentially been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to land him on a free transfer.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Chelsea are in pole position to sign Alaba on a free and plan to meet with his agent soon to discuss a possible transfer next summer.

The report claims that Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid hold interest in the centre-back, whilst Liverpool have also been touted with a swoop for him.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – SEPTEMBER 24: David Alaba of FC Bayern Munich in action during the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Sevilla at Puskas Arena on September 24, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. 20,000 fans have been allowed into the ground as COVID-19 restrictions ease. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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If the interest from Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG and Chelsea is accurate then this could be a race Liverpool may want to steer clear from. Should all four of those clubs come in for Alaba and start making attractive wage/signing offers then it could end up becoming a very expensive deal to bring him in for Liverpool, due to the volume of interest and how Alaba/his agent could use that to their advantage.

It could come down to who is willing to offer the most money and, unless Liverpool have a bottomless pit they are prepared to dip into, that may not be the best fight to take on – as it could mean overpaying for the Austrian. This means that Liverpool could save some money by avoiding Alaba and looking for better value elsewhere in the market, if they are able to find another option.

Nat Phillips’ recent performances in the Premier League also suggest that Liverpool might not be in desperate need of a centre-back in January. The 24-year-old has averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.24 in the league, winning 6.5 aerial battles, two tackles, two interceptions and 6.5 clearances per game. This shows that he has the quality to be a good defender for Liverpool, as he has been able to come out of the blue and produce two excellent performances and help the club overcome their injury concerns.

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