Manchester City have offered David Alaba €15m per season in an attempt to beat Real Madrid to his signature. Alaba is out of contract in the summer, with Bayern Munich having stopped contract negotiations in November over the player’s wage demands.
He has subsequently been linked with every big club in Europe, with the prospect of signing an elite-level defender on a free transfer an opportunity that few want to pass up. However, it has now been established that Alaba has huge wage demands to make the move, having demanded more in a possible move given his new club will not be spending a transfer fee.
Could Pep Guardiola lure Alaba to England? If he has the cash (and we know City does), it’s possible. Alaba is said to favor a move to Spain, but with both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona reportedly facing at least some financial constraints, Manchester City might be Alaba’s best chance to get his dream salary.
In disarray, Borussia Dortmund is allegedly looking to bring Borussia Mönchengladbach manager Marco Rose to Signal Iduna Park:
Although Marco Rose’s contract as Gladbach coach still runs until 2022, the 44-year-old has been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund since Lucien Favre’s dismissal at Signal Iduna Park. At this point, however, Rose will not be put under pressure to make a decision on his future, according to Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl. Asked about the likelihood of Rose staying, Eberl told ZDF later on Saturday that he believes there is a “98 percent” chance that the 44-year-old will remain at Borussia-Park.
Rose would seemingly be a good hire to help BVB right its ship, but if Dortmund finishes out of a top-four position, Rose could hold off on a move — especially given the reported exodus that might occur.
Sport Bild chief Christian Falk is reporting that Bayer Leverkusen center-back Jonathan Tah is on Liverpool’s wish list:
For €35 million? Step right up!
Bayern Munich is not the only club interested in Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. Liverpool, Manchester City, and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly eyeing up the 24-year-old:
Liverpool are reportedly contemplating a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. The 24-year-old has struggled to hit top form this season due to a knee injury he recovered from in November, but he has proved his importance to the Monchengladbach since his arrival in 2017.
However, Zakaria now has less than 18 months left to run on his current deal with the Champions League challengers and is understood to have rejected the club’s offer of a new contract. As a result, German outlet Bild claims that Zakaria is now likely to head for the exit door this summer, and Liverpool are one of several sides who hold an interest in the Switzerland international. The Premier League champions are at risk of losing Georginio Wijnaldum at the end of the season, but in order to land Zakaria, they will reportedly have to beat Atletico Madrid and Manchester City to his signature. Monchengladbach confirmed the signing of 19-year-old Toulouse midfielder Kouadio Kone in January, potentially paving the way for Zakaria’s exit in the summer.
I don’t think Bayern Munich has a strong need for Zakaria. It seems like it would be a surplus buy in an area where Bayern Munich might actually be good-to-go for a while.