Transfer: Real Madrid ‘set David Alaba asking price’

David Alaba

Real Madrid would reportedly be willing to sell David Alaba during next summer’s transfer window if they received an offer in the region of €70m (£60.9m).

The Austria international arrived at Bernabeu on a free transfer in July 2021, having run down his contract at Bayern Munich.

The 31-year-old has made 95 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions, scoring five goals and registering eight assists in the process.

Alaba has had his fitness problems this season, but he has still made 10 appearances in all competitions, returning for the team’s last two league games against Sevilla and Barcelona.

The Austrian has another three years left to run on his contract at Bernabeu, but there has recently been speculation surrounding his future, with teams from Saudi Arabia said to be showing an interest.

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According to Fichajes, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has put a €70m (£60.9m) valuation on the defender, with any offers in the region of that expected to be seriously considered.

The report claims that there have been some concerns over Alaba’s performances this season, and Los Blancos have three top-quality centre-backs for two positions, with Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao also at the club.

Militao has only made one appearance this season, though, due to a serious knee injury, with the Brazilian not expected to be back on the field until March at the earliest.

A departure for Alaba would almost certainly see Real Madrid enter the market for a replacement, with Benfica’s Antonio Silva thought to be admired by senior figures at the club.

The 20-year-old is also believed to be attracting the attention of a number of other major clubs, though, including Manchester United and Liverpool.

Real Madrid are expected to be active during next summer’s transfer window, with Bayern’s Alphonso Davies potentially arriving, while Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe remains the club’s leading attacking target.

Mbappe is finally expected to join the Madrid giants on a free transfer, although it appeared that would be the case in the summer of 2022 before he signed a new deal in Paris.

Experienced midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are both out of contract next summer, while Joselu is only on loan from Espanyol.

There have also been claims that Brahim Diaz is unhappy due to his lack of playing time, with the Spaniard potentially seeking a move next year if his situation does not change.

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