Per a new report from SportBild, there have been no developments with David Alaba’s contract situation at Bayern Munich, despite the transfer window having closed on Monday. Going into this summer’s transfer window, Bayern’s front office had made it one of their top priorities to try and get a contract extension sorted with Alaba, his agent, and his representatives, but both parties are too conflicting with what they believe would be an appropriate deal for the “defensive chief.”
For now, Alaba can focus on his football with Bayern, which is exactly what he wants to do after Bayern’s defense received criticism for the Bundesliga performances against Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin, respectively. When the January transfer window comes around, other clubs will certainly come swooping in for his signature. His contract is expiring in 2021, so he could technically sign with a a different club as a free agent and could even sign a contract in advance of a summer transfer elsewhere. Either way, it’s put Bayern in a difficult spot because one of their most valuable assets could now potentially leave next year as a free transfer, which is probably the last thing Hasan Salihamidzic, Hansi Flick, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Oliver Kahn would’ve wanted.
The report also suggests that Alaba had inquired to the club about potentially bringing in Mitchell Weiser from Bayer Leverkusen. Of course, Alaba and Weiser know each other quite well from Weiser’s stint at Bayern. It was Alaba’s opinion that Weiser could be a viable option to be a backup right back for Benjamin Pavard, and he has not yet been in Leverkusen’s match day squad this season. His future at Leverkusen is in serious jeopardy as he is behind both Lars Bender and new signing Santiago Arias (Atletico Madrid) in Leverkusen’s ranks and he can’t seem to get any match time.
The report doesn’t go into detail about what actions, if any, Bayern’s front office took in seriously examining Weiser’s situation at Leverkusen based off of Alaba’s recommendation, but obviously they went in a different direction. Bouna Sarr from Marseille is the signing Bayern wound up making just before the transfer deadline to serve as a backup option for Pavard, though Sarr can also play as a center back or right wing back.