Liverpool have made an approach to sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich, according to reports.
The 28-year-old will be available on a free transfer this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the Champions League holders.
Alaba has already received an offer from Real Madrid and the Spanish club are reportedly the Austria international’s first-choice destination.
But according to The Guardian, Liverpool are also in the running to sign Alaba and the Premier League champions have made contact with the defender’s representatives.
Madrid have reportedly offered Alaba a four-year contract worth in excess of £170,000 a week.
Alaba, who joined Bayern in 2008, has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League trophies during his time at the club.
Bayern’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has indicated that the club are unlikely to reach an agreement with Alaba after he missed their October deadline.
‘Bayern did everything we could to try and reach an agreement,’ Rummenigge said.
‘This didn’t happen and I don’t know if we’ll return to the negotiations.
‘What I want to be clear about is that our offer showed exactly how much we value him, but he didn’t accept it.’