It looks increasingly likely that David Alaba will wind up joining Real Madrid this summer, but the Bayern Munich “defensive chief” has yet to put pen to paper on anything, so nothing is set in stone yet. Of course, Real is in pole position to sign the Austrian international, but there could still be some potential roadblocks that ultimately put a spike in the move to the Spanish capital.
Per a new report from Sport Bild, there’s a suspicion that not everyone in Real Madrid’s squad would be completely onboard with Alaba coming to the club. The reason for that is because if Alaba were to complete his move and have all of his salary demands met, he would become one of the highest earners for Los Blancos, which wouldn’t be taken too kindly by the rest of Madrid’s squad. Most of the players on Madrid’s squad already have to take a 10% wage cut due to some of the financial losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Alaba’s high salary demands was one of the main reasons contract extension negotiations broke down at Bayern.
It’s estimated that Alaba be earning at least €12 million per year with potential bonuses in excess of €30 million. This would mean that only Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale are higher earners than him if he were to complete the move and he’d be earning as much as both Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.
Ramos’ contract situation at Madrid is also unclear at this current juncture. The 34-year-old has yet to agree on a contract extension, but it’s suggested that he’s ready to take a 10% salary cut to be able to agree on a deal to extend his contract, which the rest of the squad fully supports.
The Sport Bild report ends by saying the skepticism and frustration regarding the potential Alaba move is less directed at Alaba himself, but more-so, the front office of Real Madrid. The squad isn’t entirely happy with the way the wage structures have been handled, especially considering the club is still linked with blockbuster moves for both Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Stade Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga. With the wage cuts the entire squad has to take because of the coronavirus losses, they really don’t want a player to come in and receive the royal treatment because of their high salary demands. They feel that the front office shouldn’t be considering that right now.