David Alaba recently announced that he would be leaving Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season. This news was no shock to Bayern fans who already pretty much knew the club legend would be departing after months of stalled contract negotiations and unreasonable demands. And, it appears that Alaba will also have lofty demands for whatever his new employers are.
According to Le Parisien (via Bild), Alaba has made it a condition to be played in midfield at his next club. Furthermore, the French outlet also alleges that Alaba is vying for a mammoth contract of €25 million and, that currently, the clubs in the running for Alaba are said to be PSG and Real Madrid — Bild says that Alaba prefers a move to Spain.
While Alaba is a great player, his contract demands seem very excessive. It’s no wonder Bayern wouldn’t match them and would be surprising to see any other outfit do so either, especially in these financially dire corona-times. If these demands are true, I simply don’t see Real Madrid signing the player — they are even potentially even letting go of club legend Sergio Ramos at this season’s end for similarly outlandish demands. At this time, only PSG would really be able to afford these kinds of wages.
As for Alaba’s midfield stipulation, it seems incredibly odd given as Alaba has not played much as a central midfielder in his club career. When given the chance to further up the pitch during this campaign, Alaba only put out decent, but not “world beater” performances.