David Alaba is set to be one of the hottest properties in the summer transfer window, with the Austria international set to leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer.
Alaba is reportedly being targeted by a number of clubs across Europe, but won’t come cheap despite the lack of a transfer fee.
Alaba is reportedly looking for around £10million in wages per year – a fee he can look for with no money due to Bayern Munich to seal his transfer.
And he’s apparently not short of suitors, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all said to have an interest in the versatile defender.
However, there is apparently one main condition the 28-year-old has set for whichever team he does end up signing for in the summer.
The Bundesliga star wants to move from defence to central midfield.
Alaba has been deployed as both a left-back and centre-back by Bayern Munich, becoming one of the most highly-rated defenders in the world.
However, his versatility has also seen him play in midfield, and according to Le Parisien, the key to any club securing his services in the summer will be an understanding that he wishes to play as a midfielder in the future.
Whether clubs interested in a move for Alaba would be willing to make such a move would remain to be seen, and for the likes of Chelsea it could mean a look for other targets.
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The Blues are known to be targeting a centre-back for next season, with no options currently making a standout case this year alongside Thiago Silva under either Frank Lampard or Thomas Tuchel.
Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have all had spells in the side without nailing down a place in the side, while Tuchel’s recent switch to a 3-4-3 formation has seen Cesar Azpilicueta drafted in on the right side of a back three.
Chelsea have reinforced their central midfield area in recent years with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic joining N’Golo Kante.