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Manchester United and Manchester City make a formal approach for Bayern Munich star, Real Madrid also interested

Manchester giants in England want to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba from Bayern Munich. The Austrian’s contract expires next summer. He graduated from Bayern Munich’s youth academy and then he was sent on loan to Hoffenheim. Alaba established himself as a part of the first team in 2011.

Since then he has been a regular for the Bavarians. He has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League trophies as well. Primarily he plays as a left-back but last season he showed his versatility and comfortably transitioned to a centre back as well.

Even last summer there was a lot of talk about his departure from the club. It was believed that Bayern would want to sell him rather than lose for free. However, that is what the current situation looks like. There have been talks of contract extension but all of them have failed. At the start of the new year, he will be to open talks with clubs outside Germany.

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the Germans did try to keep him but they could not agree on a contract extension. It is believed that the main issue has been over his wages. Alaba wants to be a top earner at the club but the Bavarians say that due to the current financial crises, they can’t offer him that much money.

Formal approach for David Alaba

Manchester United and Manchester City make a formal approach for Bayern Munich star, Real Madrid also interested

There should be no surprises that clubs across Europe are preparing to sign him. According to AS, a Spanish news outlet, both Manchester giants want to bring him to Manchester next summer. They have made contact with super-agent Pini Zahavi, who represents the Austrian international.

Manchester United want to sign him because they believe it will be difficult for them to sign Dayot Upamecano. The Frenchman has been linked with an exit from RB Leipzig for a long time now. However United believes they will find it hard to fend off competition for him and Alaba is their alternative plan.

Manchester City wants to sign as Pep Guardiola wants to reunite with him. The pair worked together in Pep’s previous job at Bayern Munich. He said to be a big fan of the player and in the past Alaba has described Guardiola as the best coach he has worked with. Currently, City also has a left-back problem with Benjamin Mendy constantly underperforming.

Real Madrid wants to sign him as a potential replacement for their captain Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard’s contract expires next summer and at the age of 34, he might not renew his contract as well. Thus Alaba is Los Blancos’ contingency plan in case Ramos does not sign a new deal.

Who is likely to win the race for Alaba?

Who is likely to win the race for Alaba

A big part of this Alaba saga has been wages issues. It looks like he has no problem staying at the club but he wants a pay rise. However, in the current financial crisis, it is difficult for Bayern to match his demands. The question that arises is which club can afford Alaba’s new wages?

All the three clubs mentioned above seem capable of matching his wages. It should also be kept in mind that PSG has been linked with him as well. Manchester United may be enjoying a great time now but we have seen how poorly they take administrative decisions and then they suffer because of that. Thus the Red Devils are ruled out.

Real Madrid has always been financially strong but they might not be able to match his wages given that they have a huge wage bill themselves. Also, they will only move for him, if Ramos does not agree to a contract extension at the club. PSG are too similar to Bayern in terms of domestic competition and their star players Neymar and Mbappe are always linked with a move away from the club.

This leaves Manchester City to be his likely destination. Be it a pandemic or not, somehow the Citizens never have to worry about money like other clubs. Alaba has previously worked with Guardiola as well. Both admire each other a lot. Manchester City has a left-back problem and Alaba is more than capable of solving that. Thus, City is likely to win the race for him.

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