Financially troubled Barcelona “pulled out of talks to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba on a FREE transfer” after realizing they couldn’t afford it … Real Madrid led the chase after he had “offered the defender a four-year deal worth nearly £ 9million ‘a season’
- Defender David Alaba will leave Bayern Munich after 13 years at the club
- He turned down a £ 200,000 a week contract and has interest from various clubs
- Real Madrid is his likely target as Barcelona are out of the race
- The Catalans have withdrawn as they cannot meet the salary requirements
- Madrid made an offer with a lucrative four-year deal valued at just over £ 8.9m
Barcelona are pulling out of the transfer race to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba for a free transfer.
The Catalans have pulled out of the race as they are unable to meet the player’s salary requirements in the face of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, Real Madrid maintain their position as the front runner in landing the Austrian signature – after offering the defender a four-year deal worth nearly £ 9m per season.
David Alaba (above) will leave the club after 13 years in the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich
Alaba is currently said to be a free agent when its contract with Bayern Munich expires at the end of June.
Alaba received permission from Bayern Champions League owners to talk to other clubs about moves after rejecting the weekly £ 200,000 contract extension.
LaLiga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona faced each other to sign the 28-year-old before the Catalans were eliminated from the race.
Alaba has turned down a £ 200,000-a-week contract extension with the Bundesliga giants
Real Madrid are his likely target as Barcelona are eliminated from the transfer race
According to Marca, Alaba’s agent Pini Zhavi was in talks with Barca about a possible deal, but when the club learned of the defender’s financial needs, they completed the transfer race.
With earnings dropping £ 231million, Barcelona are likely to turn their attention to signing Manchester City’s Eric Garcia instead.
As a result, Real Madrid are said to be close to signing the coveted Bayern Munich defender.
Alaba rose from Munich’s U17 squad and has played a crucial role in the team since 2011. He won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles.
Alaba was in great demand across Europeto his versatility between defense and midfield.
Alaba was a serial winner at Bayern and won nine Bundesliga titles there in a decade
Manchester United have pulled out of a move as the club couldn’t afford their demands
The Austrian’s ability to play on the left or in the center of defense convinced Madrid to vie after his signature.
There is a belief that the star can challenge for both Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. Madrid even expect him to stand up for Ramos if he leaves the club.
Manchester United had also expressed interest in Alaba but found themselves in a similar position to Barcelona after a price was priced out of a move.