Spanish sporting newspaper Diario AS reports that EPL club Manchester City have upped their contract offer for Bayern's David Alaba in an escalating bidding war.
|David Alaba.||Photo: Granada, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Reports last week that disaffected Bayern defender David Alaba had agreed to terms with Spanish giants Real Madrid turned out to be premature. Spanish media source "Marca" claimed that the 28-year-old defender had completed a medical for the club. Later in the day, it was revealed that the Austrian international had, in fact, completed a general physical evaluation in Munich meant to serve as a clean bill of health for any and all interested parties.
In the intervening seven days, many media sources have continued to publish stories indicating that the Spanish capital remains Alaba's most likely destination after the conclusion of this season. Spanish sporting newspaper Diario AS is the latest publication to maintain that the defensive all-rounder is basically in agreement with the Royals on a four-year, €11 million annual contract to take effect once his current deal with Bayern expires.
Germany's SportBild cites internal sources to claim that Spain is Alaba's preferred destination. Both AS and SportBild, however, cite a report suggesting that Manchester City now tenders an offer worth €14 million plus performance bonuses should the highly-sought-after free-agent opt for the isle.
While Real Madrid may be in the pole-position to acquire Alaba, SportBild notes that interest from PSG, Liverpool, and Manchester United have not necessarily dissipated. Additionally, the recent appointment of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea FC could conceivably lead to a renewed offer emanating from Stamford Bridge.