David Alaba is on the front page of today’s AS, along with the list of clubs interested in taking the Bayern Munich defender on a free transfer in the summer.
Manchester City are among them and the Citizens join Real Madrid, Barcelona and other top clubs in chasing the 28-year-old.
It’s claimed the La Liga winners are in ‘pole position’ as the harmony between the two parties is ‘very positive’.
Los Blancos are ready to offer a four-year contract worth €11m net per season. However, this doesn’t meet the Austria international’s initial €13m demand he made to sign an extension at Bayern.
One particular offer he has on the table exceeds the figure demanded by Alaba and that’s from Pep Guardiola’s side.
A source has told AS that City’s proposal is €14m per season and this doesn’t include ‘bonuses and commission’. According to the report, the Etihad club’s offer is ‘higher’ than other suitors like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid are unwilling to improve from the figure of €11m as they feel they have made an ‘appropriate effort’, taking into account the financial challenges caused by the global health crisis.
Alaba’s desire is to play in Spain and this is the ‘main advantage’ for Zinedine Zidane’s side. Both the manager and the club’s technical leaders have given their approval to make an effort for the Austrian.
However, Real Madrid will not involve themselves in any bidding war to sign the Bayern contract rebel and this could come as an advantage for City in the transfer chase.
AS further adds nothing has been decided so far as Guardiola’s side ‘do not give up’.
Those close to Alaba suggest ‘the months of April and May as key dates to decide and announce the player’s future’.