According to reports, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are no longer interested in offering a new contract to defender and Austria international David Alaba, as revealed by club president Herbert Hainer on Sunday.
Alaba, 28, could be set for a departure from the Allianz Arena on a free transfer next summer and a host of clubs from Europe’s elite leagues would battle it out for his signature.
The likes of Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the services of the defender. Meanwhile, in a bid to make a move, he can sign a pre-contract agreement from January 1. 2021.
Reports suggest that Bayern initially offered Alaba a five-year deal with an annual salary close to €11 million which could have increased to €15m with bonuses inclusive.
“We have a new situation since this weekend,” Hainer said on BR Blickpunkt Sport on Sunday. “We submitted to David and his advisor some time ago what we think was a very good offer.
“During the last meeting we had said we wanted clarity by the end of October. We did not hear anything until yesterday and we contacted his advisor.
“The answer was that the offer was still unsatisfactory and we should think about it again. We then decided to take the offer completely off the table. This means there is no longer an offer.”
It remains to be seen if this will be sorted out or if the player has his mind made up and is keen for adventures elsewhere.
The Austrian defender has played for Bayern Munich for all his professional career, albeit for a short loan spell with TSG Hoffenheim in the second half of the 2010/11 season.
David Alaba has proven to be a decent effective utility player down the flanks as a winger, full-back, and can also play as a center-back.
He has won two UEFA Champions League titles, nine Bundesliga titles, and six German cups with Bayern Munich. He has also scored 31 goals and provided 49 assists in 394 appearances for the Bavarians.