Real Madrid: The ‘stumbling block’ to a David Alaba deal

David Alaba (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)
David Alaba (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images) /

Real Madrid would like to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, but there’s still a key aspect of the deal in the way.

The rumor mill is all over the place with regards to David Alaba and Real Madrid, but, well, what else is new in the world of football transfers?

Real Madrid are currently working hard to renew Sergio Ramos’ expiring contract, as keeping the captain at the Santiago Bernabeu should be the No. 1 priority for Florentino Perez to start 2021. Ramos is invaluable to the team, as the club’s Champions League performances without him have shown us.

That said, in case Real cannot keep him, they have focused on Alaba as an insurance option. And if they are able to re-sign Ramos, Alaba could be a potential partner for him at center back, a relief for Ferland Mendy at left back instead of Marcelo, or even depth in the midfield if necessary.

There has been some positive news regarding Alaba’s chances of joining Los Merengues on a contract expiry, but reports that the defender’s salary request is a “stumbling block” on the road to an agreement.

David Alaba wants 13 million euros per year from Real Madrid

That in itself is no surprise, but it’s noteworthy considering how closely Alaba and Real are now being linked. reports that Alaba is seeking 13 million euros per year, which would reportedly make him a higher earner than Ramos, who is the team’s highest-paid player right now. And if we’re being honest, it’s not a great idea to give Alaba more money than Ramos, especially amidst negotiations with the No. 4.

The situation with Alaba seems complex. He wants to join Real Madrid above. the others, but PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester City are a trio of clubs with a LOT more financial flexibility than Los Blancos right now. And considering Alaba wouldn’t be a regular starter for the club, the salary demands should make Madridistas scrunch their faces a little bit.

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Alaba is a great player, but no fan should consider this a done deal, nor should they applaud a “free” signing without its due scrutiny.