Liverpool's Xabi Alonso plans in jeopardy as Bayern ready to pay boss more than Guardiola


Bayern Munich are ready to outbid Liverpool to make Xabi Alonso their next manager, according to reports. The Bundesliga champions are readying a massive package to convince Alonso to stay in Germany as two of his former clubs look to prise him away from Bayer Leverkusen.

Alonso has done a magnificent job at Bayer and could lead them to a treble this season. They are eight points clear of Bayern at the top of the league, face second-tier Fortuna Dusseldorf in the DFB Pokal semi-finals and will be favourites in their Europa League round of 16 tie with Qarabag.

Even more remarkably, they have not yet lost a single match across any competitions despite playing 33 times. The club are famously nicknamed Neverkusen with the North Rhine-Westphalia outfit having never won the league despite five times finishing as runners-up and they have not won a trophy of any sort since 1993.

But regardless of how successful Die Werkself's season turns out to be, the manager could depart the BayArena at the end of the season. Alonso played for both Liverpool and Bayern during a glittering playing career and the two clubs will part ways with Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel respectively in late May.

Bayern have won the last 11 Bundesliga titles but the Bavarians face their first season without the Meisterschale since 2011-12, when Klopp's Borussia Dortmund were triumphant. And they want Alonso to replace Tuchel for next year.

But Liverpool are also eager to make the Spaniard their successor to Klopp given his existing relationship with the Anfield crowd as well as his stylish attack-minded brand of football. The Daily Mirror say that Bayern are ready to offer the 42-year-old as much as £20million a year to join them.

That is more than the £15m-a-year Pep Guardiola earned in his three trophy-laden years at the Allianz Arena between 2013 and 2016. Alonso's countryman, whom he played under at Bayern, is now the highest-paid manager on the planet at Manchester City where he earns £20m per season.

And Die Roten are ready to match that annual salary for their No 1 target Alonso, who earns £5m across 12 months at Leverkusen. Liverpool pay Klopp £15m a year but it is unclear whether they would be willing to offer the same yearly wage to Alonso given his lesser experience.

Klopp himself has talked up Alonso as an option to take his job next year. He said this month: "How quickly his team is that well-tuned, that impresses me. For the time it's taken, he's put his proper stamp on it. Nobody knows if that's always the way he wants to play or if it's the way this team specifically plays.

"He's not long enough in the business to tell, but obviously the coaching part is exceptional. That's clear. He's a former world-class player, obviously from a coaching family as well, which helps a little bit, he was like a coach already when he was playing.

"The football he's playing, the teams he sets up, the transfers he did, it was all absolutely exceptional. He has made super signings for this team, exactly what they needed and that's really a very special job. Everybody would say exactly the same. In Germany, they talk like this. Wow, that is really impressive."

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