Bayern Munich will not break wage structure for David Alaba

David Alaba, FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
David Alaba, FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich is reportedly not ready to break the wage structure for David Alaba.

Along with the arrivals at Bayern Munich, there is a constant focus on the club’s negotiations with David Alaba regarding a new contract. The two parties are far from agreeing to a deal. Things got even more complicated when Uli Hoeness called out Alaba’s entourage in the media.

As things stand, Alaba will be free to negotiate with interested clubs in January. Die Roten had lately found a breakthrough in such situations when they were negotiating for Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski. The latter was agitating for a move away from the club, but Rekordmeister stood firm and convinced him to sign a new deal.

However, things are different in Alaba’s scenario. According to The Athletic (need subscription), Die Roten are not going to give Alaba the same wages that Neuer and Lewandowski are getting right now. This report also insists that the German Champions fear that agreeing to a new deal on Alaba’s terms will have a negative impact in the dressing room.

The English media outlet also reports that Pini Zahavi has offered Alaba to Spanish clubs, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are not going to spend big this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Zahavi would be open to running Alaba’s contract down and then get a big move next year.

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David Alaba was an integral part of the team that won the treble last season. Hansi Flick has been saying consistently that he wants the Austrian defender to stay at the club. Flick’s decision to stick with Alaba in central defense worked wonders for Die Roten. Alaba is at the peak of his career, so it is understandable why the German club is eager to secure his future.

However, the club’s stance to stick to their wage structure is justified. Bowing down to Zahavi’s demands would set a wrong precedent for future contract negotiations. Lewandowski was a unique case since there are barely any players that can replace him in the current squad. The situation with Alaba is slightly different.

The club spent big money on Lucas Hernandez last summer, so the Frenchman is likely to be Alaba’s long term replacement in central defense. Meanwhile, Alphonso Davies took massive strides last season to become one of the most exciting left-backs in the world. Both positions are covered with quality in case Alaba leaves next summer.

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On a free transfer, Alaba will become an exciting option for Barcelona and Real Madrid. It will hurt to see David Alaba leave the club after enjoying a fine career from reserves to the senior team in Bavaria. Having said that, Die Roten are right to take a tough stance regarding wage structure. The ball is firmly in Alaba’s case right now.