Real Madrid ‘no longer in pole position’ to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba on a free transfer… and the Austrian centre back ‘favours a move to the Premier League with Chelsea the frontrunners – but Barcelona also have a strong interest’
Real Madrid are reportedly no longer the frontrunners to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba on a free transfer come the summer.
The 28-year-old Austrian, who was a key member of the Bayern side which won the Treble last season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is likely to move on.
His next club is yet to be decided though, and the latest report in Spanish outlet AS states that talks between Madrid and Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, are not as advanced as previously reported, and the player himself is thought to favour a move to the Premier League.
David Alaba’s contract at Bayern Munich runs out this summer and he is set to leave the club
Talks between Real Madrid (president Florentino Perez, left) and Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi (right) are not as advanced as first reported
The report details that Alaba’s preference now makes Chelsea the frontrunners for the centre-back’s acquisition on a free, though Madrid are still contenders.
Yet Barcelona are also keeping an eye on Alaba’s situation given his experience and pedigree at just 28 years of age and the Catalans hold a strong interest.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said this week it was ‘99.9 likely’ that Alaba would leave the German and European champions this summer.
Rummenigge told Sky Sports via Marca: ‘I am 99.9 per cent sure Alaba will leave the club at the end of this season. We will part in a friendly way and I hope he can say goodbye to us with more titles.
‘He is fully committed to us and he is a nice guy that we all like. He deserves to be treated well until his last day at Bayern.
Alaba was integral to the dominant Bayern squad which won last season’s Champions League
‘David can sign for the club he wants. I do not know if he will arrive at an agreement with Real Madrid, but it is a great club and I can understand that it is interesting for him.’
Alaba has been integral to Bayern’s success over the last decade, racking up 411 appearances since his debut in 2010.
He has won nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and has lifted the Champions League trophy twice during his time at the Allianz Arena.