Chelsea hopes dashed over Alaba as favourites for Bayern star emerge

Reports in Spain claim Real Madrid have agreed a verbal contract with David Alaba’s representatives over a free summer move for the Bayern Munich man.

Alaba, 28, is approaching the end of his 13-year stay at the Allianz Arena. He joined Bayern from Austria Vienna in the summer of 2008.

After a couple of seasons in the reserves, he broke through to the senior set up ahead of the 2011-2012 campaign.

The rest is history, with the Austria international having made 420 appearances in all competitions. But he has made it clear that this season will be his last with the Bavarians.

Alaba has won many trophies during his stint with Bayern. He has lifted the Bundesliga trophy on nine occasions and may make it 10 after his final year.

Hans-Dieter Flick’s men are four points clear at the top of the table and have a game in hand on RB Leipzig. It seems as though the versatile player might end on a high note.

He will leave Bayern as a free agent with his deal expiring this summer, and there were many clubs keen. Liverpool and Manchester United have both been linked, while Chelsea are said to have made him an offer.

It seemed as though the English clubs might have usurped Los Blancos, with reports that Real’s contract offer was deemed insufficient. But ABC Deportes (via Caughtoffside) are reporting that terms have been agreed through intermediary Pini Zahavi and his father and agent, George Alaba.

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The deal is said to be for €10m per year, with a €20m signing bonus shared between the parties concerned.

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Recent reports claimed that Barcelona had agreed a deal in principle to take Alaba to the Nou Camp. But Zahavi was quick to put those rumours to bed and ended speculation earlier this week.

Chelsea and Manchester City have also been mentioned in connection with the Austrian. He is a manager’s dream, being able to play in midfield, as a full-back or central defender.

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It is the latter position that is now his favoured berth in Munich. He may be seen by Zinedine Zidane as a natural successor to Sergio Ramos, whose Bernabeu future is up in the air.

There may be a few twists and turns before a written version replaces the verbal agreement. But Alaba and Real might be the perfect match to continue his trophy-laden career.


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