• Angus Jenkins


David Alaba

Ever since David Alaba announced his departure from Bayern Munich after 13 years at the club, rumours have been swirling on where he’ll play his football in the 2021/22 season. Alaba has stated that he wants to play in midfield, however, many think his best position is in defence and his versatility is likely to land him a big contract.

Real Madrid were heavy favourites to land the Austrian once he made his announcement. The club have Federico Valverde, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as options in central midfield and may struggle to give Alaba playing time.

In defence, they’re already looking thin and with captain Sergio Ramos set to leave the club on a free transfer, they’ll need reinforcements. They may rather play Alaba at centre back than in midfield which could be a deterrent for the transfer.

Many fans of the club have stated that “if these are David Alaba’s demands, the team can’t meet them” which would suggest Alaba’s move to Madrid may not be set in stone. Other European sides will see this and pounce on the opportunity to sign a world class player such as David Alaba.

Paris Saint Germain have become more obvious as a potential destination for David Alaba over the past few weeks. Their only world-class option in midfield is Marco Verratti and the club will be desperate to land him a good partner.

They can fulfil Alaba’s wishes of playing in midfield as their defensive partnership of Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe has proven to be one of the best in Europe. Add this on top of their ability to pay Alaba extremely high wages due to their financial backing makes them a very attractive proposal.

Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool have also expressed an interest in signing David Alaba on a free transfer. You’d assume Alaba would want to be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season so both of these teams will need to finish in the top 4 if they have any chance of luring Alaba to their clubs.

Like Real Madrid, Chelsea also have many options in central midfield. They have N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho covering these positions and it’s difficult to see where Alaba would fit in. At centre back they have Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rüdiger and it looks most likely that they’d want him playing in defence.

Liverpool have struggled in 2021 due to their lack of options in defence. Virgil Van Dijk was a long term injury and they struggled to plug the gap despite signing Ozan Kabak in the January transfer window. This would suggest that the club would want to sign Alaba for his versatility which would allow him to cover centre back if required.

The club have James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago and Naby Keïta all as options in midfield, however, it’s not out of the question to see Alaba to force himself into the side.