David Alaba has spent 13 years at Bayern Munich but wants to ‘try something new’ next season. Alaba has been a target for a number of Europe’s top clubs, but it appears his heart is set on a move to Spain.
Bayern had offered him multiple contract extensions, including a £13m-a-year deal which was rejected, but talks ceased in November.
Alaba took to social media last month to confirm his departure, saying:
🗣️ @David_Alaba: “I have made the decision to leave #FCBayern at the end of this season and try something new. It obviously wasn’t an easy decision – I’ve been here for 13 years and the club means a lot to me.”#MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/XJXIkSvYzb
— 🏆🏆🏆FC Bayern English🏆🏆🏆 (@FCBayernEN) February 16, 2021
His future has been the subject of a huge amount of speculation, with a number of big European clubs believed to be interested in snapping him up on a free transfer, including Chelsea and Liverpool.
The 28-year-old has already turned down a lucrative offer from Paris Saint-Germain, and it is believed he is determined to seal a dream La Liga transfer.
It is unclear whether either Real or Barcelona will be able to meet his £400,000-a-week demands, however, given the level of debt they are both currently facing.
His agent, Pini Zahavi, is close friends with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who won the election earlier this month to gain his second term at the helm.
Meanwhile, Bayern beat several Premier League clubs to the signing of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who will join the club on July 1.