Bayern Munich: Two European giants set to fight it out for David Alaba

Bayern Munich defender David Alava is subject to interest from numerous clubs. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich defender David Alava is subject to interest from numerous clubs. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

The race for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is set to heat up from January.

The winter transfer window is just a month away as clubs in Europe have a chance to bolster the squad midway through the season. Bayern Munich is unlikely to do any business during the window, but few players in the first-team squad can start negotiating for the next transfer.

David Alaba is one of the first-team players that can talk to interested clubs in January. According to SportBild’s  Christian Falk, Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi is set to initiate talks with Chelsea from January. He has also confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain is also interested in signing Alaba in the summer.

Alaba has also been reportedly followed by Real Madrid. The Austrian defender is set to be followed by top clubs in Europe as he will be available on a free transfer. Barcelona has also linked with the Austrian defender in the past, but the Spanish club is not exactly in a good financial state to afford a superstar like Alaba.

One thing is looking certain that Alaba will not leave Bavaria midway through the season. He is reportedly focused on achieving the sporting targets set by the club this season. Die Roten is looking to defend a treble and win an additional three more trophies.

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Things have gone completely sour between Alaba and Bayern. The two parties have been constantly negotiating since June regarding a new deal. Alaba has reportedly been firm about his wage demands, while Die Roten is against disturbing the wage structure at the club.

After no party blinked first, Bayern decided to show strong resolve by withdrawing a contract offer from the table at the end of October. The German Champions are preparing for the departure of the Austrian defender, who has been part of the first team for close to a decade. It is a bold decision from the club but they are likely to identify a replacement for Alaba.

Along with Alaba, Die Roten is also likely to bid farewell to Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng. The Spanish defender was heavily linked with a move to Athletic Bilbao, but a transfer couldn’t materialize. The club has shown no signs as of now to offer a new contract to Martinez.

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Meanwhile, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the situation of Jerome Boateng. The reports in Germany last week suggested that Bayern will not be offering him a new deal. However, Oliver Kahn said on Wednesday that the club will talk with Boateng’s entourage and find a solution to this situation. As things stand, Die Roten will have to sign at least one central defender next summer.