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.
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
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 reported he has agreed a four-year stay at the Bernabeu.
The defender is reportedly set for an £11m-per-year salary and has already completed his Madrid medical. Real certainly understood Alaba’s value.
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
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’s with 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 a successor to Sergio Ramos.