Real Madrid have pushed ahead of the pack to snap-up David Alaba, with the Bayern Munich defender reportedly agreeing to join Zinadine Zidane’s ranks in the summer.
Bayern have already admitted defeat in their bid to keep Alaba, after the nine-time German champion turned-down a £200,000-per-week offer to stay in Munich.
Real Madrid were known to be the favourites though, and have wasted no time in securing Alaba’s signature after the January 1 threshold – with Marca reporting he has agreed a four-year stay at the Bernabeu.
The defender is set for an £11m-per-year salary and has already completed his Madrid medical.
Liverpool are also reported by the Independent to have held talks with the defender last year, also eyeing a free transfer this summer
However, the Reds backed-out after deciding the Austrian’s monstrous salary demands were not worth paying, due to his height (five-foot-nine) and age (29 in June).
Alaba is doubtless one of the world’s leading centre-backs, having bagged his second Champions League last season after Bayern Munich’s dominant European run.
He has continued to be a crucial player for Bayern this season and will be a big miss, but will slot in nicely to Madrid’s back-line, and could be considered as a successor to Sergio Ramos.