Manchester United are ready to ‘make an offer to the strongest’ to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, amid interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and several Premier League clubs.
The Austrian has been a part of Bayern’s squad for the past seven years, winning a series of domestic and continental accolades, including a hat-trick last season.
His deal is set to expire this summer, with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge having recently admitted that he expects the defender to leave with a free transfer. Alaba is free to discuss a pre-contract deal with non-German clubs from January and United are keenly interested.
Unsurprisingly, they’re not the only ones pursuing his signing. Barcelona, Manchester City, Real and Chelsea are also in contention, but the Red Devils are said to be the most excited. According to AS, United “will make the strongest bid” for Alaba, after seeing their attempts to sign RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano thwarted this summer.
Although Alaba has spent most of his career at left-back, he is versatile and has shown himself capable of playing in the heart of defense at a world-class level.
Bayern were eager to tie Alaba to a long-term deal with negotiations lasting several months. In the end, they were put off by the heavy demands of his agent Pini Zahavi. Uli Hoeness went so far as to call Zahavi a “greedy piranha,” for demanding that his client receive a salary equal to that of Die Roten’s top earner, Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski currently earns around 12million euros (£ 11million) a year, a figure Real could not afford as long as Ramos stays on his books. His demands are also likely to put Barcelona out of the race with the Catalan giants in financial turmoil.