Bayern Munich of Germany defender, David Olatokunbo Alaba could eventually be on his way to Real Madrid of Spain this summer, as reports out of the Land of The Armada indicate that he has signed an agreement with Los Blancos.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that, although Bayern are yet to confirm or deny the development, information on offer in the Spanish media indicates that the Nigerian-born Austria international has agreed a five-year contract with the Madrid-based LaLiga giants.
While Real’s LaLiga rivals, Barcelona had also been interested in signing the versatile player, who has remained as a regular for Bayern throughout this season, making 41 appearances in all competitions, it is claimed that The Catalan outfit are now out of the running.
The Austria international has spent most of his career as a key player at Allianz Arena, helping Bayern to multiple trophies on the domestic and European scene but, despite his status at the German Bundesliga giants, the 28-year-old has opted to take on a new challenge.
With his contract due to expire at the end of June, Sky Deutschland journalist, Max Bielefeld has disclosed that Alaba indicated that he will pen a long-term deal at the Bernabeu in the near future, and that appears to have been sealed at the weekend.
A report by Spanish sports daily, Marca added: “Real Madrid have signed an agreement with Bayern Munich defender David Alaba that means the Austrian will join Los Blancos when his contract expires this summer.
“Alaba has accepted a four-year deal with a salary close to €11m per year. He’s been free to negotiate with whomever he wanted since January 1st and Madrid were quick to act, ensuring that one of the finest defenders in the European game will join them without paying a transfer fee. He’s already passed his medical.
“He was highly sought-after. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea all held serious interest, but Alaba had his heart set on the Santiago Bernabeu. Bayern wanted him to stay, and had offered him three different deals in the past few months before admitting defeat and accepting that the Austrian wanted to move on to pastures new.
“Alaba didn’t feel entirely valued at Bayern, the club he’s spent his entire senior career at aside from a six-month loan spell with Hoffenheim back in 2011. One of the most talented left-backs in the game, he was integral as Bayern won the Champions League last season in imperious style, his second at the club. He’s also won nine Bundesliga titles.
“Madrid considered Pau Torres of Villarreal as well as both Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos of Sevilla as alternatives at centre-back, but ultimately decided that Alaba was worth the investment.”