Chelsea and Man City set for David Alaba transfer scrap despite mammoth wage demands

Chelsea and Manchester City have both entered the race for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba with the Austrian's Bundesliga contract expiring in the summer

Posted Sunday, March 14, 2021 by

Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City are set for a transfer scrap over Bayern Munich ace David Alaba.

The versatile Austrian international, a left-sided defender who can operate anywhere across the back, is a free agent in the summer after refusing a new deal with the German champions.

While Spain has long been Alaba’s preferred destination - with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the front of the queue - his wage demands are a serious stumbling block.

The two Spanish clubs are struggling financially amid the COVID pandemic and are unlikely to offer Alaba the £400,000-a-week contract he wants.

Chelsea and Man City set for David Alaba transfer scrap despite mammoth wage demands
David Alaba has been linked with a move to the Premier League

And that news has alerted the Premier League elite that he may be available come June, after all.

Chelsea are very much in the hunt for a quality defender and their German coach Thomas Tuchel is a big admirer of Alaba, 28.

The Blues would be prepared to come up with a package agreeable to Alaba, who is represented by Israeli super-agent Pini Zahavi.

But Manchester City are watching developments closely and, having tried to buy the player last summer, are certain to make an offer.

Although there is no way they would pay Alaba £400,000-a-week, as that would smash the Etihad pay-structure, the club's lucrative bonus scheme would help bridge the difference.



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