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Where next for David Alaba if the defender leaves Bayern Munich?

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 13:19, 7 November 2020

Bayern Munich are facing a problem with renewing David Alaba’s contract.

The latest development in what has been a long-rumbling saga saw the Bavarians withdraw their offer after Alaba rejected their previous proposal. The two sides are said to be apart in valuation, and things have got to the point where Alaba’s future is in doubt.

“We heard nothing until yesterday,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said.

“Our sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, asked the agent again actively, and the answer was that the offer is still unsatisfying and that we should think about it again.

“As a result, we decided to take the offer completely off the table. That means there is no longer an offer.”

David Alaba

  • Age: 28
  • League stats for Bayern Munich since 2019/20 (2,869 minutes played)
    • Passes completed: 2,492 (second at club)
    • Long balls completed: 162 (third)
    • Interceptions: 37 (fourth)
    • Clearances: 43 (third)
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Bayern coach Hansi Flick has jumped to the defence of the Autsrian, saying he would very much like Alaba to remain at the club. However, given the president’s statement, it may be out of his hands.

Should Alaba leave, there would be no shortage of suitors for his signature. At 28 years old, the Austrian is a proven performer on the biggest of stages, both as a left-back and centre-back.

But where would he go? We’ve had a look and come up with some options.

Dream: Chelsea

Ideally for David Alaba, he would go to a club in the Champions League with the financial power to pay the wages he desires as well as the sporting quality to, with his addition into the starting XI, compete for the title. There’s only one club that matches all those requirements and that’s Chelsea.

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Liverpool may struggle to fit Alaba into their wage structure (just like Timo Werner), Juventus too, and Real Madrid have Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy in the positions Alaba would like to play. Manchester United have the money and the need but who knows if they’ll make the Champions League again.

Chelsea, though? They signed Thiago Silva this summer but the Brazilian is a veteran unlikely to play for many years and the rest of Chelsea’s centre-back corps aren’t necessarily superstars. This leaves a clear space for Alaba to step into when Chelsea play a back four, and in a back three he’d obviously slot on the left of defence just fine. He’d bring serenity, passing ability and authority to a Chelsea defence that needs it.

Moreover with Werner, Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz at the club there’s already a strong German-speaking contingent that will help him settle in quickly. And the Blues would have no problems with paying him the massive wages he is looking to get. It would be a dream.

Realistic: Manchester City

More realistically than Chelsea signing Alaba is Manchester City making a move for the Austrian, for the simple reason that their need is greater. Even though Nathan Aké covers Aymeric Laporte in the middle, Pep Guardiola’s side is desperately in need of a world-class left-back. Someone capable of overlapping and underlapping but most crucially having a left-foot.

City have been functioning this entire time without ever having a stud left-back. Alaba would bring them a whole new world of excellence on the left-flank, being instantly as good as any left-back in the league and bringing his winning mentality to Manchester. City have the money to make it happen and a reunion with Guardiola would appeal to the Austrian, as back in late 2019 he said: “I’m still benefiting a lot from Pep’s time here, there’s a lot that’s stayed with me.”

Wildcard: Barcelona

Barcelona and Real Madrid are two clubs with whom everyone is linked, and are often seen as the natural endpoint for most players to move to. However, with Madrid not needing Alaba, they’re ruled out. Barcelona, though? They’re an option that should be considered.

The Blaugrana need cover at centre-back and someone to take Jordi Alba’s spot as the starting left-back and, in truth, someone who could play in a double pivot. Alaba can play all of those positions to an elite level, and what’s more is he would be a free transfer, which would clearly appeal to the cash-strapped Barcelona. Reports have been linking the Catalans with the Austrian, and you can see why.

Of course the move has to be considered a wildcard because, as much as the lack of transfer fee would be good for Barcelona, the fact is the club is in the middle of getting all their squad to agree to massive pay cuts to try and avoid financial crisis brought on by the catastrophic decisions of the previous administration. And that makes the potential of big wages coming in quite unlikely.