German football journalist Christian Falk has shed some light on the current situation regarding David Alaba’s potential move to Chelsea.
Falk- who recently broke the news that Alaba’s agent was planning to hold talks with Chelsea in January- attracted the attention of Blues fans in the summer by providing regular updates on Kai Havertz’s transfer and is regarded as the single most reliable source for Bayern Munich updates.
He has since, speaking on Fabrizio Romano’s Here We Go Podcast, confirmed that Alaba is very unlikely to sign a new contract at Bayern and that his agent is hoping to strike a deal with the West London side.
“No sign of new talks between David Alaba and Bayern,” Falk explained.
“The club already made an offer, he didn’t decide, so no offer anymore.
“Alaba’s Agent is expecting to speak with Chelsea in January regarding a move and hoping to get a deal with them.”
Alaba’s contract dispute with Bayern Munich has arisen from the fact that they won’t give in to his wage demands, with his agent reportedly looking for a figure close to €20m-a-year.
The player’s current deal expires in summer 2021, meaning he can talk to foreign clubs in January and potentially sign a pre-contract agreement to join them on a free transfer at the end of this season.
Given his performances for Bayern in recent seasons and the fact that he is still just 28-years-old, Chelsea won’t be the only club monitoring his situation closely.
Any deal will certainly be difficult for clubs to reach because of his wages, but the fact that he has experience playing as a central defender, left-back and holding midfielder makes him a very attractive prospect for Chelsea.
The Blues are reportedly scouting experienced centre-backs who can replace the ageing Thiago Silva in the long run, and could certainly make use of Alaba as a left-back too if they decide to offload both Marcos Alonso and Emerson.
There are also reports though that Alaba is keen on a move to La Liga instead, which would further complicate the negotiation process for Chelsea.
Written by- Oliver McCabe (@OliverMccabe_)