According to Spanish football newspaper, Marca, Real Madrid is finalizing a deal to sign twenty-eight-year-old David Alaba from Bayern Munich.
After three failed attempts to renew his contract, Bayern have no option but to let him leave the club as a free agent as his five-year contract ends this summer. The four-year pre-contract has it that Alaba will earn a whooping €11 million per season after taxes.
The six consecutive times Austrian footballer of the year (2011-2016) was linked with Liverpool and PSG, each making unsuccessful bids last December as Alaba made it clear that it had always been his dream to play for Los Blancos.
Barcelona, on the other hand, was unable to bid for Alaba due to their financial crisis. They said it would not be able to pay his wages despite their previous interests in Alaba.
The versatile David Alaba
Alaba has proven himself as one of the most versatile players in his footballing career, playing in a multitude of roles including central midfielder, a left-winger and right-winger but primarily as a centre back or a left-back.
Alaba is unlikely to get a chance in the midfield since Real Madrid have several midfielders. Coming to left-back, Ferland Mendy is doing impressively well and has even managed to snatch the role from veteran Marcelo who is linked with a move to Monaco so it might also be hard for him to get that role too.
Zinedine Zidane might give him the centre back role since both Nacho and Varane have their contracts expiring next year. Eder Militao, on the other hand, has not been Zidane’s favourite starting only four games in all competitions this season.
Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos and Madrid are yet to agree to a new contract as Ramos is demanding an insane €13 million, a large financial ask for a player of his age (thirty-five years old).
Ramos’ good leadership skills and his importance to the squad might be enough reason to coerce Madrid into agreeing to his terms or if not, ensure a compromise is agreed upon so that he pairs with Alaba in the centre back next season.
Alaba has made over three hundred and fifty appearances for Bayern and won nine Bundesliga and two Champions League titles just to name a few of his honours.