Alaba keeping top clubs on alert
A number of top European sides are understood to be keeping a close eye on David Alaba’s situation at Bayern Munich.
The Austrian has spent the majority of his career on Bayern’s books and has, for many years, been a key figure in their backline.
However, Alaba currently has less than a year left on his latest contract at Bayern.
But despite the defender being such a key figure for the Bundesliga champions, negotiations over a new deal were understood to have stalled last month, with Alaba’s agent reportedly asking Bayern to pay the 28-year-old €20m-a-year for him to sign fresh terms.
And around a month later, not a lot appears to have changed.
According to the Telegraph, Alaba is holding out for a new contract that would reflect his status as one of the world’s best footballers.
Such struggles in negotiations have also seemingly put a number of Europe’s heavyweights on alerts with the Telegraph claiming:
Chelsea and Manchester City are among a number of leading clubs who are monitoring whether David Alaba signs a new contract at Bayern Munich.
Landing Alaba, presumably for something of a cut-price fee in the summer due to his contract troubles, would no doubt be a huge coup for the likes of Man City and Chelsea, both of whom are in clear need of defensive reinforcements.
However, it’s worth noting that the Telegraph also assert that Bayern are ‘desperate’ to maintain Alaba’s services with the possibility of the Munich-based outfit letting the defender run down his deal and leave for free next year also touted.
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Nathan Aké of AFC Bournemouth looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on December 3, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Lampard wasn’t keen on Ake
One player Chelsea are not seemingly too keen to sign, though, is Nathan Ake.
The Dutchman spent six years of Chelsea’s books before being sold to Bournemouth on a permanent basis in 2017.
Ake went on to be a standout performer for the Cherries, but now looks set to join Manchester City for around £41m.
And according to David Ornstein, whilst Chelsea’s buy-back clause gave them first refusal on Ake, Frank Lampard wasn’t keen on the defender.
Chelsea never likely to re-sign Ake. Buyback clause gave #CFC 1st refusal but Lampard wasn’t keen. Some interest from Man Utd and OGS did say something to Ake on pitch about #MUFC wanting a centre-back. But it was always Man City @TheAthleticUK #MCFC #AFCB https://t.co/6bbaR6ZuXr
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 30, 2020
Alaba keeping top clubs on alert A number of top European sides are understood to be keeping a close eye on David Alaba’s situation at Bayern Munich. The Austrian has spent the majority of his career on Bayern’s books and has, for many years, been a key figure in their backline. However, Alaba currently hasFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed