How Real Madrid will line up with David Alaba
On Wednesday numerous reports surfaced that David Alaba had agreed a deal to join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer.
Alaba’s current contract with Bayern Munich ends in June, and although there have been negotiations between the two parties over an extension, no agreement was made, with discussions subsequently breaking down.
The Austria international allegedly wanted to become one of the highest paid players at the club alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, and Thomas Muller.
A war of words soon broke out between the parties involved, with Alaba’s agent and father exchanged verbal barbs with some of the club’s directors.
Oliver Kahn, who will become Bayern’s new president this summer, had some harsh words for Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi.
“In a certain way, I am actually disaffected because I notice a disconnection from reality, which is breathtaking,” Kahn told Kicker about Zahavi.
“We appreciate David Alaba very much, he is an extraordinary person, always friendly and open. Although we tried everything to keep him, no agreement was reached.”
Alaba has been courted by nearly every elite club in Europe, and it appears he has found his next destination, with Sky Germany reporting that a deal was basically done.
So, how will Alaba fit in the starting XI of Real Madrid?
Real Madrid XI featuring David Alaba
Real Madrid have been on the lookout for a new centre-back for the summer for much of this season, and when it became Alaba was available they quickly leapt to the head of the line in his list of suitors.
Los Blancos are facing the real possibility of losing legendary defender Sergio Ramos upon the expiration of his contract in June, and with no new deal agreed, it is possible that Alaba has been brought in as a direct replacement.
It is still possible that the pair could play together in the heart of the Madrid defence if Ramos signs a new deal, though.
Of course, there will likely be more incomings at Real Madrid than just Alaba this summer, with the Santiago Bernabeu side keen to recruit one or both of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
For the purposes of the XI, we have selected players who are there at the moment, even though the line-up may look decidedly different ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.