Bayern Munich is looking to sell players who are in the final year of the contract. Thiago, Alaba, and Boateng all are in the final year.
Manchester United are looking to strengthen their squad after Ajax’s star Donny Van Beek joined the Red Devils. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that the team still needs “one, two or three” signings to compete for the title.
Chelsea, too, looks to snap up as much as they can. To put it bluntly, the Blues have signed almost half their squad this summer, and are in advanced talks with Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. (source: ESPN)
As the window intensifies, certain issues between clubs and players are rising up to expose the effects of the pandemic on the sport’s economy. One of them is Gareth Bale’s wage problem as Zidane struggles to fit him in his plans.
The other, however, come from Germany. Champions League winners Bayern Munich find a strange situation at hand as their crucial full-back David Alaba has hinted an exit. As per German outlet Bild, the Austrian has refused a contract extension and has threatened an exit if his wage demands are not met.
Manchester United looking for a left back
The Red Devils may have ticked a few boxes in defense after signing Maguire and Wan-Bissaka, but the left-back position has been an area of trouble. Luke Shaw, their left-back has suffered injuries and Brandon Williams has hardly looked in shape.
Manchester United’s hopes of a silverware got over after Sevilla humbled them in the semis. The ones accountable for giving spaces for both goals were Maguire and Williams. As a result, the Norwegian is busy finding a left-back who can sustain a whole season.
Interestingly, Ole has shortlisted the full-back from the same Sevilla team – Sergio Reguilon, on loan from Real Madrid. Zidane is ready to let the Spaniard go as he prioritizes Ferland Mendy and Marcelo. Real Madrid is ready to sell Reguilon available for around €25 million, provided there is a buy-back clause attached to it.
In fact, Reguilon is not the only left-back in Ole’s shopping list. Both Wolves and Manchester United have approached Porto for their left-back Alex Telles. In four seasons at Porto, he has been directly involved in 56 league goals (19 goals, 37 assists). The attacking prowess is primarily what Ole is looking at. (source: WhoScored)
David Alaba: The astute Austrian
Though United’s shortlist for left-backs has too many players, if Alaba is ever available, he is always a steal. Firstly, he has the ability to get into Evra’s mold to become another explosive left-back. Secondly, he can play in multiple positions – something he has proved at Allianz Arena.
Having played his entire senior career for the Bavarians so far, the 28-year-old has played 386 times for the club, scoring 31 goals and assisting further 48. He has won 23 trophies with them, including the UEFA Champions League this year.
In the Bundesliga last season, he has kept 13 clean sheets, with an average of 1 interception game. He has scored and assisted once and has a passing accuracy of 91% per game. Needless to say, Bayern Munich values him as one of their assets. (source: SofaScore)
Bayern Munich are a club with very stringent financial constraints. In fact, they have won the Champions will some key players on loan, including Coutinho and Perisic. As a result, when Alaba rejected their €13.5 million annual contracts, they politely showed him the door.
The Austrian however, is demanding around €20 million a year, something the club doesn’t want to agree to. Wage demands have led Thiago too to seek other destinations as Liverpool chase the midfielder.
Though initially Manchester United and Chelsea were interested in Alaba, Chelsea’s door may have shut after they signed Ben Chilwell from Leicester City. If Alaba remains stubborn with his demands, he may very well lose United’s interest too if the Red Devils get hold of either Telles or Reguilon.