With the appointment of star consultant Pini Zahavi, speculation about a move from David Alaba to Spain is picking up speed. The defensive man has been thinking about his future for a long time. However, a transfer to Real Madrid or FC Barcelona would be complicated.
Hardly any traffic, hardly any people: Rarely has it been as quiet on Säbener Straße as it was in those days. The FC Bayern officials around sports director Hasan Salihamidzic also have their hands full during the Corona crisis. A central topic in the home office of “Brazzo” and Co. is the composition of the squad for the coming season.
In addition to negotiations with potential newcomers, there are also talks with the players whose contracts expire in 2021. Above all with the service providers Manuel Neuer, Thiago, Thomas Müller and David Alaba. The latter has admitted to the public several times in recent weeks that it is not averse to a new challenge.
“I feel good in Munich, but I can basically imagine taking a different path,” said the 27-year-old in an interview with the on March 20 GQ. The fact that he was serious became clear only a few days later when he expanded his team of consultants with one of the smartest industry experts: Pini Zahavi.
Pini Zahavi: A man for big transfers
The Israeli is best known in England for his spectacular transfers. As a close confidant of Chelsea owner Roman Abramowitsch, he bagged almost all of the blues deals at the beginning of the millennium, and he also transferred the English defense legend Rio Ferdinand in 2002 from Leeds United to Manchester United for almost 50 million euros.
Today, the 76-year-old Zahavi usually only acts as an intermediary in the background. However, because he maintains the best contacts in all of the top European leagues and consistently defends the interests of his clients, he is not a welcome guest at most of his negotiating partners. It was also due to the fact that Brazilian superstar Neymar switched from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a record sum of 222 million euros in 2017, thanks to Zahavi, who met with representatives of both clubs in the role of the busy middleman to explain Neymar’s interests.
Alaba’s brooding: Money doesn’t play the most important role
They also know Zahavi at FC Bayern, who worked as a journalist before his consultant career. In summer 2018, Robert Lewandowski originally hired the super agent with the goal of moving to Real Madrid. In the end, the Polish striker extended his contract in Munich to much better pay, because the Bayern bosses vetoed a transfer. Nevertheless, the interest of the Madrilenians in Lewandowski was according to information from SPOX and Goal was not as strong that summer as in 2013 or 2017, when even various real leaders like Sergio Ramos or Cristiano Ronaldo had campaigned for his commitment.
So it does not have to mean that Alaba wants to switch just because he is now using Zahavi’s services. The Austrian feels comfortable in Munich and identifies with the club he came to at the age of 16. But the truth is also that the native of Vienna has been pondering his future for a long time. These mind games are based on information from SPOX and Goal is more about tackling a new adventure in a new league at the best footballer age and broadening your personal horizons in a new country with a new language and a new culture.
Money also plays a role, but certainly not the most important, because Alaba is not one of the top earners in Munich like Müller, Neuer or Lewandowski, but it is also anything but underpaid.
England change not an option for Alaba
If the financial aspect were his top priority, he would probably favor a move to the economically strong Premier League. According to the Munich tz and the TV station Sport1 However, Alaba recently turned down a deal with Manchester City after FCB had talked about an exchange deal with Leroy Sane. Should an extension fail in Munich, Alaba’s dream destination would be Spain. And in this context, the name Real Madrid appears again in the media.
The royal family had Alaba on their note more often in recent years, but their interest was never concrete. Especially in the Corona crisis, the question arises whether they need the Bayern professional despite its versatility – and if so, whether they could afford it at all.
Could Real Madrid Alaba afford at all?
Marcelo, long-time regular left-back and darling of the public, could possibly change, but with Ferland Mendy, at the request of coach Zinedine Zidane, a new left-back came from Olympique Lyon to Madrid last summer for a proud 50 million euros and has so far performed satisfactorily.
In addition, Sergio Reguilon, a man from his own youth, is available for the left defensive side, who convinces with his loan employer FC Sevilla and is scheduled to return to the Spanish capital at the beginning of July. Achraf Hakimi, who was still lent to BVB, could also play as a left-back if he needs to return.
And since President Florentino Perez is bound to sign PSG’s French superstar Kylian Mbappe on the home stretch and wants to complete the over 500 million euro renovation of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the question arises whether Real would have enough money for Alaba . Especially since the rumor continues, Zidane internally vehemently insists on a commitment from Manchester United’s changeable midfielder Paul Pogba. Should Zidane’s wish come true and Perez get his dream player Mbappe, they should also pay attention to financial fair play in Madrid.
FC Barcelona has other squad construction sites
The same would also apply to FC Barcelona, which is also traded as a possible customer for Alaba. It is well known that the Catalans have been working on a return campaign from Neymar for a year and also have intentions to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan as the successor to the now 33-year-old Luis Suarez, provided they have sorted out players like Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic for enough money Get rid of.
The left defensive side, mainly clad by Alaba, is certainly not the first construction site for the Barca bosses. And even in midfield, where the left foot is playing in the Austrian national team, there is currently not as much need for action as in attack, which is more dependent than ever on world footballer Lionel Messi this season.
The likelihood that Alaba could actually say goodbye to FC Bayern after eleven years is therefore rather low at the moment. Bayern coach Hansi Flick wants to keep up the defensive boss. A quick shot in the Alaba case is not to be expected anyway. Especially not in times like these.
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