“We were told by the Alaba camp that the ball is now in Bayern’s court,” said Sky Sport’s transfer expert Max Bielefeld (Sky Sport). Both Sky and kicker (Monday edition) report that talks between Bayern Munich and David Alaba have ground to a halt.
Club president Herbert Hainer told kicker, “We’re still talking with David Alaba, no question about it, and I hope that we can still convince him.” Hainer mentioned things like the team and environment and the contrast to “the environment at many other clubs” (can’t imagine which ones...), and, lastly, he is optimistic “because we have made him a really competitive offer.”
Not competitive enough, apparently, for Alaba and his representation, his father George and super-agent Pini Zahavi — who, incidentally, was just implicated in shady dealings that gave Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovic secret stakes in rival players. I digress.
"Some investors, who for years had been advised by Zahavi to put their money to work in the transfer rights of certain players, are hidden by a company called Leiston Holdings Limited." https://t.co/SiXyO4oV7W #footballleaks— Rafael Buschmann (@Rafanelli) September 21, 2020
Hainer and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have both stated that they want Alaba to sign a new contract. Rummenigge said (Sky Sport), “Everyone at FC Bayern has an interest in David Alaba’s staying at FC Bayern. But beyond June 30, 2021.”
But the ball might not be rolling back into Alaba’s court anytime soon. Both kicker and Sky Sport report that the second offer that the club made Alaba is already the maximum that Bayern’s supervisory board had approved.
The supervisory board is the entity over Bayern München e.V. that must greenlight major multi-million transfers and signings. The executive board of the soccer division, Bayern München AG, thus has its hands tied until they go back to the supervisory board and obtain authorization for an even higher offer.
For now, Bayern is hoping that Alaba will take a broader perspective and accept their offer. “The times are really difficult,” said Hainer, Agents and players also have to understand that. Only together can we — clubs, players, and agents — reach a good result, also with respect to the good of all soccer.”