Bayern Munich and Hans-Dieter Flick will need to act quickly if they want to keep star David Alaba at the Allianz Arena beyond the end of the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign.
The defender has already entered the final year of his contract and will be allowed to talk to clubs internationally from January if no deal is agreed upon in the next five weeks or so.
And, things do not look promising for the Bavarians as they are thought to be unwilling to meet the £280,000-a-week wage demands that the Austria international is wanting.
Interest in Alaba is at an incredibly high level, with reports from all corners of Europe appearing to have lined up a number of potential moves that the defender could look to make when his contract in Germany does come to an end.
Those in the country, via Bild, believe that the player’s agent – Pini Zahavi – is reportedly planning to start talks with Premier League outfit Chelsea as Frank Lampard looks to continue to add to his backline.
The 28-year-old, who has managed to amass almost 400 appearances for Bayern Munich during his time with the Bavarians, could be seen as the ideal man to come in and complement the experienced Thiago Silva and potentially take over from the Brazilian when he decides to hang his boots up.
Indeed, he has helped to numerous trophies throughout his time in Germany, which has allowed for the Bavarians to completely dominate Bundesliga Sport for as many years as they have already.
However, Silva’s former club Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in the Austrian and probably view him as the main man to actually replace the South American immediately.
If that were not bad enough, reports in Spain via Marca (via the Daily Mail) have suggested that Real Madrid are thought to be prioritising Alaba’s signature as they want to sort out their own defensive woes at the moment.
The 28-year-old’s versatility is also thought to have caught the eye in Italy, with Tuttosport claiming that Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo, is keen on bringing him to Turin.
Alaba started off as a left-back, however he has emerged and developed into a top-quality centre-back over the last two years, whilst also appearing in the midfield for Flick’s side at various times.
Club president Herbert Hainer has already revealed that Bayern Munich will not be extorted by the player, as he said earlier this month: ‘We submitted to David and his adviser some time ago what we think was a very good offer.
‘The answer was that the offer was still unsatisfactory and we should think about it again. We then decided to take the offer completely off the table. This means there is no longer an offer.’