Chelsea keeping tabs with €55m-rated Bundesliga defender

Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba wants nearly £20m-a-year in order to consider a move to the London club this summer. Austria international has six months to run on his deal with the Bundesliga giants and he’s intimated his desire to leave the Allianz Arena, who he joined in 2009 at the age of 16.

Alaba is one of the most decorated footballers in world football and given he’s ready to leave on a free transfer, his representatives clearly feel he is entitled to set high wage demands. Blues are one of several interested sides in David, with Real Madrid leading the way for his signature.

But Chelsea are unlikely to challenge Real for the 28-year-old defender until he lowers his wage demands as he has asked for close to £400,000-a-week in order to move to west London. That would make the Austrian Blues the highest-paid footballer by a clear distance, with N’Golo Kante the current top earner on around £295,000-a-week.

David plays central midfield for Austria but he’s transitioned from a left-back to a centre-back for Bavarians in recent years. The London giants signed Thiago Silva on a free transfer last summer and though the Brazilian has impressed at Chelsea, David is just 28 and would solve a long-term problem at the club.

Silva, 36, signed a one-year deal when he joined PSG but a clause in his contract allows the Brazil international to trigger another 12 months should he continue to feel up to the task. At this moment in time and barring the suffering of a long-term injury, Thiago Silva is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge in what is a big boost to Tuchel.