David Alaba is in discussions with clubs from the Premier League after a contract offer from Real Madrid was deemed too low, claims a report.
German outlet Sport Bild report that Real Madrid’s personal terms are not deemed acceptable by the Bayern Munich star.
Now clubs from the Premier League are muscling in, while Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running, says journalist Christian Falk.
The Austria international’s contract expires in Bavaria in the summer and he will leave the German champions. Alaba has confirmed he will not be extending his contract with Bayern,
There has been huge interest in landing the 28-year-old on a free transfer. Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all understood to be interested.
However, it was widely expected Alaba would move to the Bernabeu with The Guardian claiming he had penned a pre-contract agreement.
Alaba also dropped a strong hint towards Real.
“My Spanish is not good, but good enough for the pitch…” he said.
However, Covid-19 has hit the LaLiga giants hard in the pocket and they are struggling to match Alaba’s personal terms.
The Telegraph stated recently that Alaba is currently asking for close to £400,000-a-week.
A report in Metro claimed Chelsea are unlikely to challenge for the Austria captain until he lowers his wage demands.
In December David Ornstein of The Athletic claimed Liverpool had a “strong interest” in Alaba.
Fabrizio Romano also claimed recently that the Reds were “among the five clubs” that have contacted the player ahead of a proposed summer move. Further details of the talks Liverpool held were outlined here.
But it’s unlikely Jurgen Klopp will smash his wage structure at Liverpool to accommodate Alaba.
Alaba positional switch
Meanwhile, according to Le Parisien, Alaba wants to play as a midfielder at his next club, not a defender.
The Vienna-born star has mainly featured in defence throughout his career. He is capable of playing as a left-back or centre-back.
But he has also filled in as a defensive midfielder on occasion, and it is claimed that is the role he fancies.
How that may affect Chelsea’s and Liverpool’s interest is unclear. Both seem reasonably well stocked in that department at present.