David Alaba to Real Madrid: Bayern Munich defender has deal in place to join Los Blancos this summer

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Real Madrid are ready to conclude the signing of David Alaba. The six-time Austrian Footballer of the Year Award winner will soon sign his contract and will become a Real player for the 2021-22 season. Alaba, currently on Bayern Munich, will join Los Blancos as a free agent. We reported in early January that Real were in pole position to land Alaba

Liverpool made an important offer in December as did PSG, but both clubs were unsuccessful. As for Barcelona: They were unable to bid due to their current economic situation as they await a new president. Bayern Munich tried three times to offer a new contract extension, but ultimately Alaba’s dream was to suit up in the all-white kit of Real Madrid and play in Spain. 

Real swooped in with a €12 million-per-season (after taxes) offer until 2025. The pre-contract was put in place in the beginning of January, and the official signing will come in the next few weeks.

Alaba will end the season at Bayern Munich before becoming a new Real player next season. This choice is not directly linked to the situation of Sergio Ramos’ contract, with which Real continue to negotiate for the renewal, but have come up short of an agreement thus far.

The Austrian defender has been one of the most dominant players in his position both on the left side of defense and at center back. He has made 226 Bundesliga starts for Bayern since debuting in 2009-2010 season. His role as an ever present defender makes the 23 goals and 22 assists he’s accumulated over the last decade even more impressive. That works out to a goal or assist once every five and a half matches over his Bundesliga career, not too shabby for a player whose main job is shutting down the opposition. Across that time he has made, in total three errors that data collectors Opta define as leading to a shot, and two they define as leading to a goal. Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s talismanic central defender, by comparison made two errors leading to a goal just last season  

Alaba will leave Bayern with at least nine Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Champions League titles, including last season under manager Hansi Flick when the Bavarians held off PSG to capture the sixth UCL trophy in club history. The all-world defender helped the Bayern become the second-ever European club to capture the continental treble in two different seasons (2012-13 and 2019-20).

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