• Real Madrid are purportedly close to signing David Alaba
  • Alaba recently rejected Bayern Munich's new deal worth $345K-a-week
  • Chelsea and Liverpool have backed out of the race because of Alaba's high wage demand

Real Madrid are reportedly favorites to sign Bayern Munich’s star defender David Alaba, who has also been on the transfer wish list of Premier League clubs such as Chelsea and Liverpool FC.

Chelsea and Liverpool are unwilling to meet Alaba’s high wage demand of around $553,000-a-week and have made way for Real Madrid to secure the 28-year-old's signatures ahead of the 2021 summer transfer window, unnamed sources told ESPN. But International Business Times could not verify it independently.

Real Madrid have been in talks with Alaba’s presentative for over a month now. When it was reported that Los Blancos had reached an agreement with the Austrian national over a four-year contract, Alaba’s father had denied any such doing.

Alaba, who can play both as left and center-back, is considered one of the top defenders and counted among the rare versatile players in Europe at present. In 2009, Alaba made his senior debut with Bayern Munich, and since, the defender has made 408 appearances for the German club.

He has netted 32 goals apart from assisting 49 and has been a part of 25 titles, including two Champions League and nine Bundesliga trophies. It is understood that in order to look for a new challenge, Alaba recently rejected Bayern's offer of a new five-year deal worth around $345,000-a-week including bonuses.

David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen
David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen Getty Images | Sebastian Widmann

Chelsea’s current top earner is N’Golo Kante, who draws around $415K-a-week and the Blues are not willing to re-do their wage structure, the ESPN report further revealed. It is understood that Liverpool had been looking to signing Alaba on Jurgen Klopp’s insistence, but backed out for the same wage reason. In fact, the Reds recently signed two defenders – Ozan Kabak on loan from Shalke and Ben Davies from Championship side Preston.

The report has also stated that Chelsea may consider activating the one-year extension in their veteran Thiago Silva’s contract that the Brazilian had signed a year back. The 36-year-old defender’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the ongoing campaign. Among the young players in Chelsea’s back-line, Silva has been the best of the lot as he has transformed his side’s defense with his calm, confident, and calculated defending.