The future of David Alaba looks set to be one the big talking points of the upcoming January transfer window.
The versatile defender looks set to bring an end to his time at Bayern Munich in 2021 after the Bundesliga giants refused to meet demands to make Alaba one of the highest earners at the club.
The Austrian’s deal is set to run in the summer meaning he is free to discuss his future next month ahead of a potential free transfer, though Bayern could sanction his departure in the January window in order to recoup a fee.
The 28-year-old has been unsurprisingly linked with a number of Europe’s leading clubs, including the likes of Liverpool, both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Real Madrid in recent weeks.
Recent reports from Spain suggested that Manchester United could be the front-runners to land the defender, given their financial strength, though The Athletic report that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ‘will not be entering the running’ with the Old Trafford outfit ‘having been made aware of the costs associated with the move’.
It is said that the Norwegian is keen to ‘maintain a squad of balanced earnings’, and the capture of Alaba would likely prove to be ‘too much’ for that balance.
The report adds that it is Real Madrid who are in fact leading the race for Alaba’s signature. However, they also conceded that the Spanish champions are also ‘hamstrung’ on a financial front, and won’t be in a position to spend money on transfer fees next month, and will look to land him on a free in the summer.
It remains to be seen whether any of the other reportedly interested parties will look to steal a march on the Bayern players’ future.