The London giants have declined the opportunity to sign Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba after the footballer demanded to become the highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history. Austria international is out of deal at the end of the campaign and he has intimated that he will leave the Bundesliga giants after 12 years at the club.
Bavarians offered David wages of around £250,000-a-week but the centre-back feels he can earn more elsewhere and he’s also keen to challenge himself in a new league.
Alaba’s representatives have spoken to a host of top European clubs and they informed Blues that the centre-back wants to be paid nearly £20m-a-year, particularly given he will be signing on a free transfer.
The German manager is keen to sign an established centre-back this summer as the likes of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen have failed to cement a place in the club’s defence. Thomas Tuchel will be given huge funds to do so but Blues are not willing to smash their wage structure in order to sign Alaba.
N’Golo Kante is Chelsea’s current top earner on around £295,000-a-week but the Austrian defender stands to earn nearly 25% more than the Frenchman should Chelsea meet his wage demands.
The club will therefore cast its eye elsewhere unless David wants to lower his salary requirements. Blues stance is good news for Real Madrid, who are leading the race to sign the Austria captain. The La Liga giants are reportedly happy to sell Raphael Varane this summer for a fee of around £50m, meaning they will need a replacement in Alaba.