Real Madrid lead race to sign David Alaba but Liverpool interested too

Real Madrid are leading the race to sign the Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who is out of contract in the summer and able to move on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old Austrian wants to leave Bayern in the summer after 12 years at the club and, with uncertainty over Sergio Ramos’s future, Real Madrid have made an initial proposal to the player’s representatives.

The Spanish club have offered Alaba a long-term contract, believed to be four or five years, hoping to convince him to sign for them ahead of a host of other top clubs who are also interested.

Liverpool would also like to sign Alaba next summer and are pushing hard to make it happen. They too have made contact with the player’s representatives but it has long been his dream to play for Real and they are in pole position.

There are no indications at the moment that a transfer would go through in January, with Alaba happy to fulfil his contract at Bayern. He joined the Bundesliga club in 2008 and has won nine league titles and two Champions Leagues during his time there.