FC Bayern Munich could lose star defender to Juventus next summer.
The defensive overhaul was completed at FC Bayern Munich this summer after signing Bouna Sarr from Marseille to provide cover in the right-back position. Despite signing defenders in the last two summer windows, the German club might be forced to sign one more defender due to departures.
According to Tuttosport, Juventus is interested in signing David Alaba from Bayern next summer. The Austrian defender will be available on a free transfer next year. The Italian club can reach an agreement with the defender as soon as January if Die Roten doesn’t reach an agreement with him for a new deal.
Alaba has been locked in negotiations with Bayern since the start of 2020. At the moment, both parties are far from reaching an agreement. The latest update from Germany suggests that Die Roten and Alaba are not ready to blink in negotiations.
Juventus has been signing top players on free transfers in the last decade. Since Leonardo Bonucci and Georgio Chellini are getting older, Alaba is an attractive option for the Italian champions. Moreover, the favourable tax laws in Italy may also allow Alaba to satisfy his wage demands.
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Alaba has been an important player for Die Roten since breaking into the team ten years ago. The Austrian defender has been one of the most consistent left-backs in Europe. Hansi Flick decided to move him in central defense last season due to injuries to Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez. He excelled in that position, giving Bayern an excellent platform to compete on all fronts.
Alphonso Davies has flourished in the left-back position, so Alaba is set to play in central defense this season. His crisp passing allows Die Roten to play out from the back and put pressure on the opposition. Despite lingering doubts over his future, Alaba has a big role to play for Flick and Bayern this season.
The European Champions have three months to come up with another contract offer for the Austrian defender. It will be less likely for Alaba to play in Bavarian colours next season if a new contract is not accepted before the start of the winter transfer window.
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Alaba is not the only defender who might leave on a free transfer next summer. Jerome Boateng will also be a free agent in June next year. The German defender has enjoyed good form under Flick, but there has been no sign of a new contract at the club. Die Roten will be losing two experienced players next summer, so signing another central defender cannot be ruled out.