Even well before he publicly informed everyone via a press conference that he would be leaving Bayern Munich after this season, it was common knowledge that this was more than likely going to be David Alaba’s final season in Munich.
We now know with full certainty that he’ll be leaving the club this summer, but a handful of clubs have been linked with him over the course of the past several months. Right now, Real Madrid leads the race to acquire his signature and per a new indication from Fabrizio Romano on his podcast (via Tz) entitled “Here We Go,” a contract is close to being finalized for the move to happen.
“Real Madrid are getting closer and closer with David Alaba. The contract is almost ready. Let’s see what happens in the next few weeks,” Romano said on a recent episode of his podcast.
“Nothing is true until Fabrizio Romano confirms it,” is a phrase that’s risen to prominence during the past couple of transfer windows, thanks largely in part to the credibility and accuracy of his sources and the information that he presents. He is rarely wrong about transfer matters, especially high profile ones like this, so it seems as if it’s only a matter of time before Alaba to Real Madrid is officially announced.
Alaba was linked, at one time or another, with Chelsea, Manchester City, and even Liverpool in the Premier League, but it’s now understood that the Austrian international would much prefer a move to Spain to play in La Liga.
Knowing this, it makes complete sense that the Premier League links died down before they got really serious. There were a number of moving parts in Madrid’s camp that had to be sorted out, mostly due to Sergio Ramos’ contract renewal negotiations and several players having to take wage cuts to make that happen as well as helping facilitate the Alaba transfer. It was reported that some players were unhappy with that landscape, but those issues seem to have been internally resolved so that a harmonious transfer of Alaba from Bayern could occur.