Liverpool have reportedly been dealt a blow in the race to sign David Alaba as the defender is keen on signing for either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Alaba would like to sign for one of the two Spanish giants, whilst PSG, Juventus and Manchester City are also interested in his signature.

The Reds have been linked with a move for Alaba, whose contract at Bayern is set to expire next summer. Bayern have stopped negotiations with the defender and he could agree a pre-contract deal elsewhere in the January transfer window.

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

It is unclear from Christian’s Tweet as to whether or not Real Madrid and Barcelona are actually interested in Alaba or if he is simply interested in them. Alaba may be warding off the other clubs looking at him as he hopes that one of the Spanish sides decide that they want to sign him, rather than them showing interest in him in the first place.

Either way, it is a potential blow to Liverpool and their hopes of landing the Austrian either in January or in the summer window. This is because Alaba seemingly has his heart set on a move to Spain, making it more difficult for Liverpool to convince him to come over to England. Although, if Barcelona and Real Madrid do not come in for him in the coming months then it could force him to reconsider his position and open the door to a possible Anfield switch.

Thiago could also play a part in this transfer saga, as he made the same move this year. The Spaniard left Bayern to join Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp could ask him to speak to Alaba and tell him why he should be linking up with him again. This could give Liverpool the upper hand over other clubs, perhaps, but only if Real and Barcelona decide against signing Alaba – as it appears to be a dead-end for the Reds if one of them does have serious intentions of bringing him to Spain.

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