David Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi says Real Madrid and Barcelona are not the Austrian defender’s only options when he leaves Bayern Munich this summer with Chelsea and PSG also in frame
David Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi has played down suggestions the defender is only interested in a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.
The Austria international, 28, is set to leave Bayern Munich after 13 years when his contract expires in the summer.
This has led to a flurry of speculation over his next move with Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea mentioned as other potential destinations.
Austrian defender David Alaba is poised to leave Bayern Munich during the summer
The 28-year-old has been linked with a number of leading European clubs in recent months
Sky Sport Deutschland journalist Max Bielefeld reported that Alaba had rejected a sizeable offer from PSG and also rejected the chance to play for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea in favour of a move to Spain.
However, Zahavi subsequently played down the assertion that Spanish giants Real and Barcelona were now the front-runners to sign him.
He told Diario AS: ‘David has to choose who wins the race. But we are still talking with other clubs. There is no deadline.’
Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi says Alaba’s options are not restricted to the two Spanish clubs
Alaba tackles the Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland during the clubs’ recent meeting
Indeed, it has been suggested that Alaba’s future club won’t be determined until after Austria’s Euro 2020 campaign. They have been drawn with Holland, North Macedonia and Ukraine in Group C.
AS point out that Real would have to move on either Sergio Ramos or Raphael Varane in order to make space in their defensive roster for Alaba.
France international Varane’s contract expires in 2022 and so Real could sell him this summer to ensure maximum profits from his sale.
Ramos, 34, appears to be no closer to a contract renewal at the Bernabeu – he wants a two-year extension to his deal but Real have only tabled a one-year offer.
Barcelona’s new president Joan Laporta views Alaba as a potential headline summer arrival but reports have suggested Real remain in pole position.
Any potential Real Madrid move for Alaba is dependent on Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos