The agent of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba has reportedly reached out to Real Madrid.
With Alaba unable to reach an agreement with Bayern over a new contract, speculation surrounding the Austrian’s future has been rife in recent weeks, with Real Madrid thought to be the prime destination.
The 28-year-old was one of the most important players for the treble winners last season, playing (and excelling) in an unfamiliar center back role after the emergence of Alphonso Davies at left back.
The Austrian international’s extraordinary versatility has been a huge asset for Bayern down the years. His brilliant technical skills and reading of the game would be a huge asset to any club in Europe.
Alaba has continued to be a crucial part of Hansi Flick’s side this season, but if the club fails to reach an agreement over an extension with him before the winter transfer window, he would be free to start pre-contract talks with other clubs.
Real Madrid have had a shaky start to the season under Zinedine Zidane. Having stunned Barcelona by beating them to the LaLiga title last season, they have made a decent start to the current campaign as well, but their Champions League adventures have been far from impressive.
After falling to a shock defeat to a second-string Shakhtar Donetsk side on the opening matchday, they rescued a last-gasp point in a 2-2 draw with Gladbach before finally securing their first win against Inter Milan.
They did win the first El Clasico of the season 3-1 against a Barcelona side in an even bigger crisis than them, but its clear that there are changes needed if the Los Blancos are to start challenging for the Champions League title again.
Zidane and Florentino Perez did not sign any new players in the summer, and they desperately need to make some changes to a squad with an ageing spine.
According to reports from Spain, Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi has already made contact with Real Madrid over a potential free transfer.
While Real seem to have found their long-term heir to Marcelo at left back in Ferland Mendy, a utility man like Alaba could still come in handy.
He could fill in at center back, where the club have limited options in Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Eder Militao. He could also provide some valuable cover in midfield, where Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are both into their 30’s.
At the age of 28, Alaba is at the peak of his career now, and the chance to sign him on a free should be a no-brainer for Real Madrid.