Barcelona have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with David Alaba but the Catalans will have to sell first if they want to sign the Austrian jewel. Accordind to Mundo Deportivo Bayern Munich defender has decided to join the Spanish team as free transfer this summer despite interest from top clubs including Chelsea.
However a deal is far from complete as Barcelona must first sell some players as they struggle with their current economical situation. The 28-year-old defender will end his 13-year tenure at Bayern when his current deal expires at the end of the season and the he is also reported to be a major target for Chelsea and Manchester City.
Paris Saint-Germain are also eager to sign Alaba, regarded by many as one of the best in world football. But it’s now claimed the left-back, who is equally capable of playing at centre-back or in midfield, is heading to the Nou Camp. Alaba has apparently struck a verbal agreement with Barcelona following Joan Laporta’s return as club president.
But there are still various unsolved items, including Alaba’s contract demands. Barcelona will first have to get rid of a number of high-earners in order for Alaba to put pen to paper. Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann are two big names tipped to leave, with others including Ousmane Dembele at risk as well.
But reports last month also claimed fierce rivals Real Madrid had struck a verbal agreement with Alaba, who is represented by super-agent Pini Zahavi. And with finances tight due to the coronavirus crunch, it remains to be seen who comes out on top in the battle for the global superstar.
David Alaba in action with Bayern Munich.