As David Alaba’s contract negotiations with Bayern Munich went from a campfire to an inferno in a matter of a few hours yesterday, Bild (behind the Bild+ paywall) combed through the news from the past few months to identify the six most likely destinations for the 28-year-old Austria international. Not shockingly, there are some power clubs lining up to potentially make an offer to Alaba.
Per the report, Alaba sees FC Barcelona and Real Madrid as “preferred destinations.” There were, however, several clubs listed as “secondary” options for Alaba. Those contingency plans include Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Liverpool. The aforementioned clubs would likely be able to find a way to financially make a deal work, even if it meant off-loading talent that is currently on their respective rosters.
Reconfiguring a budget, however, is certainly easier said than done during the COVID-19 pandemic. If any of the aforementioned clubs want to make a move for Alaba happen, they will likely have to start exploring ways to clear salary right away.
Another factor that could sway Alaba is if a club offers him the chance to play midfield, which is allegedly Alaba’s favorite position to play and one that he often mans for Austria in international play. Would any of those aforementioned clubs view Alaba to be as valuable as a midfielder as opposed to a defender? That is an interesting question for sure.
Whatever happens, the next few weeks are certainly going to a tumultuous ride for both Alaba and Bayern Munich as rumors and innuendo surrounding the player will be at the forefront of everything from this point forward.