It has been well-known that Alaba would prefer a move to La Liga, but his options might be limited as FC Barcelona is reportedly going to shift its focus — and finances — toward an all-out pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Bild captured a report from Spanish outlet “Sport” that listed the two primary reasons by Barca might be thinking about taking a pass on Alaba:
First: The overall package of salary and bonus money does not fit. The Alaba side should demand around 20 million euros annual salary. Too much for the clammy Spaniards at the moment. In addition, there would be bonus money customary in the industry. Because the Austrian leaves Bavaria in the summer for free.
Second: Barça are concentrating on a center forward when it comes to transfers. Should the top club actually invest a larger sum in new stars in the summer, that would be for another attacker, according to “Sport.” The Spaniards dream of BVB star Erling Haaland. That could cost around 150 million euros.
If true, this would absolutely put Real Madrid in the driver’s seat to land Alaba and also take a way just a bit of negotiating leverage from the Austrian’s camp should the player truly want to play in Spain more than England or France.