Man United started negotiations with €65m-rated Austria international

It’s never good news for a team when a footballer changes their agent as their contract starts to run down, and David Alaba’s decision to switch to Pini Zahavi appears to have fractured his relationship with Bayern Munich.

Austria international has been a crucial part of the Bavarians for years and his ability to play in back-line or midfield is always useful, while it’s also worth noting that world-class left-backs are in very short supply. David’s in the final year of his contract so something will need to be sorted soon.

They claim that Alaba and his agent are demanding £400k a week to remain with Bundesliga giants which is an eye-watering amount, and they go on to say that Bavarians won’t go anything above £290k each week. On top of that, they won’t match his demands for a five-year deal either, so it’s starting to look like he’ll be moving on from the club.

The 28-year-old’s situation makes things much more complicated because the Bavarians will need to sell him very quickly if they want to avoid losing him on a free transfer. What they would need in that situation is a club who are in panic mode and have a tendency to overpay their footballers enter the Red Devils.

They were desperate to add another left-back and the Austrian is listed as one of their targets, so it does sound like there’s a deal to be done here. It’s tough to justify Red Devils actually making this move because he is now 28, so if they decided to meet his demands then they would be committing to paying him £400k a week when he turns 33.