David Alaba ‘signs deal with Real Madrid for summer move after his Bayern Munich contract expires’

Real Madrid have pushed ahead of the pack to snap-up David Alaba, with the Bayern Munich defender reportedly agreeing to join Zinadine Zidane’s ranks in the summer. 

Bayern have already admitted defeat in their bid to keep Alaba, after the nine-time German champion turned-down a £200,000-per-week offer to stay in Munich. 

The Austrian has spent 13 years in the Bundesliga but has had Europe’s elite queuing up to poach him, with Chelsea, both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and PSG all monitoring the 28-year-old. 

Real Madrid have reportedly secured the signature of David Alaba for a summer free transfer

Real Madrid have reportedly secured the signature of David Alaba for a summer free transfer

The versatile Austrian could be seen as a successor to the ageing Sergio Ramos at Madrid

The versatile Austrian could be seen as a successor to the ageing Sergio Ramos at Madrid

Alaba won his second Champions League last season but is now set for a four-year Real stay

Alaba won his second Champions League last season but is now set for a four-year Real stay

Real Madrid were known to be the favourites though, and have wasted no time in securing Alaba’s signature after the January 1 threshold – with Marca reporting he has agreed a four-year stay at the Bernabeu.    

The defender is set for an £11m-per-year salary and has already completed his Madrid medical. 

Liverpool are also reported by the Independent to have held talks with the defender last year, also eyeing a free transfer this summer. 

A host of clubs were queuing-up to sign Alaba, who also held talks with Liverpool over a move

A host of clubs were queuing-up to sign Alaba, who also held talks with Liverpool over a move

However, the Reds backed-out after deciding the Austrian’s monstrous salary demands were not worth paying, due to his height (five-foot-nine) and age (29 in June). 

Alaba is doubtless one of the world’s leading centre-backs, having bagged his second Champions League last season after Bayern Munich’s dominant European run. 

He has continued to be a crucial player for Bayern this season and will be a big miss, but will slot in nicely to Madrid’s back-line, and could be considered as a successor to Sergio Ramos. 

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