Real Madrid have reached a deal to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Bayern spent months negotiating with Alaba to try to tie the 28-year-old to a new contract, but concerns about the proposed salary halted negotiations towards the end of 2020.
As a two-time Champions League winner and nine-time Bundesliga champion, interest in Alaba was understandably high. Real has always been thought to be in the lead for his signing, and Marca has now confirmed that a deal has been made.
Nothing has been signed yet, but Alaba has agreed to a four-year contract which The Guardian says will be worth £ 204,000 a week.
However, Sport Bild’s Christian Falk poured cold water on him saying he spoke to Alaba’s father and agent, who revealed nothing had been agreed with Real yet.
Alaba has rejected advances from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, who have reportedly contacted Alaba in recent weeks, while suitors like Chelsea and Manchester City also appear to have missed out.
Instead, it looks like Real will be celebrating his arrival in the near future. They have been looking for a new advocate for a few months and are more than happy to pay Alaba these high salaries as there are no transfer fees.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, both on Madrid’s radar, are said to have cost more than £ 50million themselves, so Los Blancos have instead chosen to invest that money in Alaba instead.
This deal is not believed to be tied to the future of current Real star Sergio Ramos. The 34-year-old has been locked in a stalemate with Los Blancos for what feels like an eternity, having become frustrated by their refusal to offer him a two-year contract.
The door is still open for Ramos to extend his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Real bosses are hoping a deal will be reached soon, but they will have at least one world-class center-back on their books next season.
It does, however, raise questions about the future of Eder Militao, whose slow adjustment to life in Spain is at the root of Real’s desire to find a new center-back. Bayern have been linked with a decision by the Brazilian to replace Alaba, in what could be the best ride of the summer.
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