Bayern Munich defender David Alaba reportedly wants around £20million-a-year in order to consider a move to Chelsea this summer.
The Austrian centre-back has six months to run on his contract with the German giants. However, he’s already indicated he is looking to leave the club he joined as a 16-year-old back in 2009.
Alaba, who will leave for nothing this summer, is one of the most decorated players in world football. To that end, his agents feel their client is entitled to set high wage demands.
However, a report in Metro claims Thomas Tuchel’s men are unlikely to challenge Real, in particular, for the Austria captain until he lowers his wage demands.
The Telegraph states that Alaba is currently asking for close to £400,000-a-week in order to move to west London.
That would make the defender Chelsea’s highest paid player by a clear distance. N’Golo Kante currently earns that status on around £295,000-a-week.
Alaba has transitioned from a left-back to a top centre-back for Bayern in recent years.
Thiago not a long-term fix
And with Chelsea looking for a long-term alternative to 36-year-old Thiago Silva, Alaba is seen as the perfect fit.
Silva only signed a one-year deal last summer. However, he has clause in his contract for an extra year – if he impresses.
Alaba is not the only Bayern defender being hunted by the Blues. Reports on Monday claimed Chelsea have agreed a deal with Jerome Boateng’s agent over a switch to west London.
Tuchel appears determined to bolster his centre-back options at Stamford Bridge. However, it remains to be seen, at this stage, which Bayern man he will move for.