Chelsea are one of four clubs Pini Zahavi is looking to send David Alaba to as the Bayern Munich defender edges ever closer to a move away from the Bundesliga side.
Alaba is out of contract at the end of the season and come January is free to negotiate with clubs about a free transfer come the summer.
He has thus been linked to pretty much every major club around Europe, with it believed most view him as a potential bargain capture if there is no transfer fee involved.
Chelsea are one of those to have been linked, and recent claims suggested they were in talks, although they were quickly dismissed in England not long after they emerged.
SportBILD insist they are a potential option, though, putting them alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain as clubs that Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi is eyeing up.
They explain that in just three weeks, clubs will be free to talk to Alaba without having to contact Bayern, so the door is very much open on a move.
Bayern aren’t concerned about this as they have ‘stopped their efforts’ in relation to the player, insisting there will be no more negotiations over a deal and fully expecting a move away in the summer.
That’s left the pressure on Alaba and Zahavi to find a new club, and if the latter does not want to ask Bayern to reactivate their efforts, he needs to find a club that will match is client’s ‘high salary demands’.
The dream move is to either Real Madrid or Barcelona, but they are in ‘financial crisis’ so may not be able to afford to deal with the player.
In Madrid, Zinedine Zidane is said to doubt whether Alaba would be ‘financially viable’, particularly as Sergio Ramos is set to sign a new deal.
Barcelona are also in dire financial straits, but there is an added problem for Zahavi in that he is not well-liked at the club having orchestrated Neymar’s move to PSG.
He needs to hope the presidential elections go his way and Joan Laporta comes out on top, and he has a ‘close contact’ with the potential new president.
Zahavi knows the Spanish market is ‘becoming difficult’ though and so has to look elsewhere, which is where PSG and Chelsea come into it.
The French side are yet to show an interest in a deal, and thus that is why Chelsea, who have the financial muscle to match his client’s demands, have become ‘a possibility’.
BILD very much present them as on the outside at the moment, though, and there is no indication that the Blues are interested, it’s all coming from Zahavi at this point in time.
That means any rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt for now, with it seeming the agent is doing his best to drum up interest in his client, an effort which is so far falling flat.