The Bayern Munich chief executive – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – has revealed that David Alaba’s time at the Allianz Arena is all but over after the club failed to strike an agreement with him over a new contract.
The Austrian defender, who has been on the books of the Bundesliga heavyweights since 2009, is out-of-contract at the reigning Champions League title holders at the end of the season.
Despite having being an integral part of Bayern’s plans in recent years, he looks set to leave the club at the end of the season, with him having refused to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Alaba, who has been transformed into a centre-back in recent months following the rise of talented left-back Alphonso Davies, has made demands that Bayern are not willing to meet, despite the best efforts of the German giants to reach an agreement.
Now, chief executive Rummenigge has confirmed that his time at Bayern is all but over, confirming that he will be free to speak to any potential suitors in less than two weeks time.
“Bayern did everything we could to try and reach an agreement,” Rummenigge said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “We had a lot of conversations, but we wanted answers from him by the end of October.
“This didn’t happen and I don’t know if we’ll return to the negotiations.
“What I want to be clear about is that our offer showed exactly how much we value him, but he didn’t accept it.”
This news will have put a plethora of big-name clubs across Europe on red alert, including Chelsea, who have been closely linked with a move for the 28-year-old in recent weeks.
Though the Blues are currently well-stocked at centre-back, Chelsea may see an opportunity to sign Alaba on a free-transfer as too good an opportunity to turn down. At this moment in time, the Blues have five senior centre-backs on their books in the shape of Thiago Silva, who is poised to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori.
But with Silva now at the age of 36, Rudiger’s future in west London in doubt and Tomori poised to leave on loan in January, Chelsea may feel as though they could use the signing of Alaba to their advantage, though a deal would not be formally concluded until next summer, once the Austrian’s deal at Bayern comes to an end.
Chelsea are not the only club to have been tracking Alaba’s development, with Spanish giants Real Madrid also reportedly keeping tabs on the situation. Despite that, Rummenigge claims he does not know anything about Madrid’s reported interest.
Rummenigge added: “I don’t know anything about the Real Madrid rumours.
“He’s free to speak to whoever he wants from January 1.”