David Alaba is ready to reject Real Madrid in favor of Premier League move
Bayern Munich center-back David Alaba is said to be unsure of joining Real Madrid this summer, with a Premier League return on the cards.
Reports coming out of Spain in January suggested that Real had already struck a deal with Alaba, who will be without a contract at Bayern at the end of the season, although questions have been asked about the story since.
The biggest crush of the rumor comes from Sport Bild (via AS), who say talks with Real are nowhere near as advanced as has been suggested in Spain and that Alaba is awaiting offers from the Premier League before making his final decision.
As revealed exclusively by 90 mins in November 2020, Alaba is now open to the idea of moving to England, having previously rejected the opportunity to test themselves in the Premier League.
Alaba agent Pini Zahavi is said to be awaiting offers from the England sides, which he says will be much more lucrative than the terms offered at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it is Chelsea who are named as the main contenders for his signing.
Zahavi is known to have strong ties to Chelsea, who were previously “confident” that they could work their way to the front of the queue for Alaba’s signing with a successful bid. Frank Lampard was leading the charge, but interest in Alaba remained under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
Alaba has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, although there have been several reports suggesting that neither of that trio will actually make a move for the 28-year-old.
One side that could try to spoil the party are Barcelona, who are keen to strengthen defensively this summer.
Much like with Chelsea, Zahavi is close to Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta, and the agent believes Camp Nou could be an ideal landing point for Alaba.
However, while Real may not have the financial capacity to land Alaba, it’s hard to see how Barcelona stand a chance. Ronald Koeman’s team are facing debts of nearly € 1bn and would likely struggle to find a way to come up with a new £ 200,000-a-week deal.
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