Hansi Flick, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, and Alphonso Davies have all signed contract extensions for Bayern Munich, but the club is still waiting on David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara. Neither veteran player has put pen to paper yet on a new deal and negotiations have been at a standstill for weeks.
The latest addition of Sport Bild shed some light on the contract negotiations for both Alaba and Thiago. Both of their contracts are set to expire at the end of June, 2021, so Bayern certainly wants to get these deals done sooner rather than later.
In Alaba’s case, Bayern has already made an initial offer that he has not accepted. His father George and superagent Pini Zahavi are now coming to Munich to finalize negotiations. Sport Bild states that Alaba originally had hired Zahavi to facilitate a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona (see: Robert Lewandowski).
Given how well he has performed this season, especially after switching from left-back to center-back, Alaba is certainly aware of the fact that other top clubs would be interested in purchasing him, but Sport Bild reports that he’s is now open to staying in Munich.
Apparently, a deal hinges on his playing as a center-back and not returning to left-back, as promised by Hansi Flick. Alaba could also see himself playing in the midfield at times.
Thiago’s case is a bit less clear. Both sides agreed on a deal weeks ago but the Spanish international has not yet signed. There has been talk that Thiago and his wife are debating a return to Spain. Given the incredible form of fellow midfielder Leon Goretzka since the Bundesliga resumed from the coronavirus break, Bayern may now be open to a summer transfer. A surprise sale would give them some money to invest in the transfer window.