LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.
According to Marca, Alaba’s agent met with Barcelona, but the Catalan giants were unable to meet the player’s salary demands owing to the rough financial situation the club currently find themselves in.
Barcelona have been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic, and have required first-players to take two pay cuts already. They are also looking to offload players in order to free up a hefty wage bill.
Real Madrid had initially offered Alaba a lucrative four-year deal that would see him earn nearly £9m a season, but El Confidencial now claim that they too have pulled out of the running for the Austrian.
The report claims that Madrid president Florentino Perez has rejected the terms presented by Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, and will not consider making an offer unless he drops his asking price.
As it stands, Alaba is due to be a free agent when his contract with Bayern runs down at the end of June. He was given permission by the club to talk to interested clubs during the January transfer window after he rejected their £200,000-a-week contract extension offer.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea are the other clubs interested in Alaba, but still need to make a move for the player.
The 28-year-old has played a crucial role for the defending Bundesliga champions since 2011 – bagging nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles. He has been in high demand across Europe due to his versatility to seamlessly switch between playing in defence and midfield.