With David Alaba’s time at Bayern Munich possibly reaching towards its end, Real Madrid have emerged as the favourites for the Austrian’s signature.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, David Alaba has reportedly seized contract negotiations with current club Bayern Munich and is hoping to join Real Madrid who seem increasingly interested in signing the Austrian International.
David Alaba has been at the club since 2010 and has proven to be a vital cog for the Bavarians over the years. From an 18-year-old left-back to a 28-year-old seasoned professional, Alaba has proven to be one the world’s best over the past decade. The Austrian is one of the most versatile players in world football. having played across the backline and even as a midfielder over the years.
The defender will be entering the last 6 months of his contract at the turn of the year, which marks the beginning of clubs from abroad officially beginning to approach the player. With Alaba’s salary demands rumoured to be around €10 million per year, contract talks between Alaba and Bayern Munich have reached a standstill.
Alaba’s contractual situation has thrown the door open for his suitors with Real Madrid reportedly leading that race. The Austrian is looking for a new challenge and given the fact that he has previously shown the desire to play in the Spanish top flight, Real Madrid’s position in his pursuit is understood.
Real Madrid’s interest in David Alaba is justified as two of their most important players of the last decade are ageing. Marcelo and Sergio Ramos are 32 and 34 respectively, and with Madrid’s defence looking rather suspect this season, a move for Alaba would suit Los Blancos, for the Austrian can fit in as a centre-back or as a left-back.
Madrid, who are reportedly waiting for the turn of the year to officially meet Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, will not have it easy for the Austrian’s signature. Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are interested in signing Alaba and are more than capable of meeting his demands. Zahavi’s good relationship with Madrid could play a role in this race too.
PSG are looking to bolster their defence and fill the gaping hole left by the departure of Thiago Silva. Meanwhile, Chelsea are undergoing a complete overhaul and with Thiago Silva only a temporary solution to their defensive woes, Alaba is a player that the Blues have their eyes on. Alaba would bring immense experience and winning mentality to both these sides.
Despite the three-horse race for David Alaba, it is highly likely that a lucrative move to the Spanish capital could appeal to the Bayern Munich star. However, it will be interesting to see where the Austrian ends up at the end of the season.