David Alaba is one of the most coveted soon-to-be free agents in world football and Chelsea may hold an advantage in negotiations. Bayern Munich have been trying for several months to tie Alaba down to a new contract.
But Bayern announced last month that they had decided to withdraw their latest contract offer.
It was a decision which took Alaba by surprise as he soon expressed his disappointment that the saga surrounding his contract was made public.
Speaking last month, Alaba also defended himself for the way Bayern had “depicted” him in the media.
“If people depict me as the way Bayern Munich have, which isn’t true, I understand why people are frustrated,” he said.
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“I can guarantee to every fan these numbers going through the media are false.
“In the last couple of months I was disappointed and a little hurt these numbers were never corrected by the club, these numbers were always passed on to the press, so of course I was frustrated that Bayern never said anything about the numbers in the media but there you go, what can you do.”
But all signs now point to Alaba leaving Bayern in the near future and he’ll be able to speak to prospective new clubs in January.
A move to the Premier League has been touted as a possibility with Liverpool among those interested.
However, Chelsea appear to have shown the most interest with transfer chief Marina Granovskaia said to be working on a deal with Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi.
According to AS, Alaba’s representatives have made contact with a large number of clubs to inform them of the defender’s availability.
And the report states that Alaba is very keen to listen to what Frank Lampard has to say, hinting at a potential move to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard is said to be making a huge push behind the scenes to bring in the versatile defender.
Alaba was moved to central defence last season due to the emergence of Alphonso Davies at Bayern.
But he made a seamless transition into the central role and remains a key starter at Bayern.
It remains to be seen where Lampard would utilise Alaba in his squad though with his current defence in excellent form this season.
They have the second best defensive record in the league with the summer acquisitions of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy add more stability.
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