Chelsea are among a ‘four team shortlist’ compiled by the agent of David Alaba as the Bayern Munich defender nears an exit from the European champions.
Alaba has entered the final months of his contract with Bayern and will be able to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides from next month, the Bundesliga giants having withdrawn their contract offer to the Austria international.
The 28-year-old has spent his entire career with Bayern and has enjoyed huge success with the club, winning a staggering nine league titles and twice lifting the Champions League amongst 23 trophies won at the Allianz Arena.
Alaba’s future now appears away from Munich after the club refused to match his wage demands, and according to The Sun his agent, Pini Zahavi, has compiled a four-team shortlist of potential destinations for his client.
Amongst them include Chelsea, with the west London side likely to be interested in a player of Alaba’s calibre available on a free transfer, the Austrian comfortable in a variety of positions and possessing the talent and experience to thrive in the Premier League.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are also on the list of clubs, though Alaba’s demands of £350,000-a-week may make a move to either Chelsea or the Spanish duo difficult.
Alaba’s demands would see him eclipse Kai Havertz the highest-paid player at Stamford Bridge, whilst both Real and Barcelona have slashed their wage bills recently following a La Liga enforced salary cap reduction amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Paris Saint-German are the fourth side on the shortlist and have the financial power to secure a deal, Zahavi having previously been the agent who brokered Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona to the French capital on 2017.