Chelsea have reportedly made a significant approach for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba despite suggestions that he is destined for Real Madrid.
Kicker stated that Bayern had received ‘good offers’ from a variety of clubs for the 28-year-old that included Chelsea.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United were among the other names, yet it was Madrid who appeared favourites for Alaba’s signature.
The Guardian reported that a four-year deal had already been agreed between the Spanish giants and the Austrian international.
Alaba’s father stoked the fire further by implying that nothing had been confirmed about his son’s destiny.
“I cannot confirm the reports from Spain. Nothing is fixed or signed yet. There are many interested parties,” he told Bild.
This has been a hot topic of transfer debate ever since the news broke that Bayern would not be renewing Alaba’s contract that runs out this summer.
Bayern’s manager Hansi Flick certified the rumours of the defender’s departure. When asked about the situation he said, “Currently I can see that things are going in the direction of a possible move” (via Goal).
There should be no surprise that Alaba is wanted all over the world, considering the compliments he has received from his admirers.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sky Sports that Alaba was the ‘chief’ in defence which Bayern have not had ‘for some time’.
Pep Guardiola whilst in charge of Bayern described him as ‘our God’ (Sport1). German legend Lothar Matthaus said on his Herz de Mannschaft podcast that “he’s the best center-back in the Bundesliga”.
Chelsea are apparently in the market for a commanding centre-back according to Matt Law and there would be few with a better profile than Alaba.
He has played over 400 games for the Bavarian champions, winning nine league titles and two Champions Leagues. He’s missed just four fixtures this season as Flick still relies on him heavily to help Bayern defend their crown.
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With time ticking on Thiago Silva’s career, experience and quality is needed in the Chelsea rear-guard. Alaba would provide that in abundance with many years still left in his boots.
It would be another marque signing of the Roman Abramovich era, which we have seen lately is not necessarily the best route to go down.
However, I feel this is an area the Blues need to strengthen, and if Alaba is on the market, there should be an effort to get him.