Long-term Bayern Munich defender David Alaba will leave the Bavarian club at the end of this season. The fact that Bayern and Alaba didn’t reach an agreement for a contract extension was well documented, as the Austrian stated publicly that he is going to leave his boyhood club. Now, the only thing that is not clear is where Alaba will continue his career.
The latest report from Spain indicates that FC Barcelona and David Alaba have reached a verbal agreement. Mundo Deportivo suggests that Alaba won’t join Real Madrid and that the new president, Joan Laporta, will make sure to bring the Austrian defender to Camp Nou.
Mundo Deportivo also reports that Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi was in Barcelona last Thursday and that Laporta and Zahavi have met and already discussed the potential move.
Besides David Alaba, Barcelona is also planning to sign Manchester City’s attacker, Sergio Aguero, who will also be a free agent in the summer.
It remains to be seen how Barcelona will manage to secure the signature of Alaba, mostly because of their financial crisis and Alaba’s high wage demands.
Before any Catalans can start celebrating, however, we have seen this kind of news before.
Reports of Alaba having a verbal agreement in place with another club are nothing new during this transfer saga. Back in January, Alaba allegedly had a “verbal agreement” in place with Real Madrid.
That report by Marca, however, appears to have been false.