David Alaba remains on Barcelona radar

David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen . (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen . (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) /

The next Barcelona president could play a role in Alaba’s potential signing.

Despite rumors to the contrary, David Alaba’s future remains uncertain and Barcelona could still have a role to play in it.

According to Sport, because of the good relationship between Joan Laporta and Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, the negotiations between Alaba and Real Madrid have stalled.

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Alaba is a player that the Catalans have had their eye on for a while. One of the drawing points is that his contract at Bayern Munich is set to expire at the end of this season. Which means that he would be a free agent.

However, given Barcelona’s financial problems, they are unlikely to be able to meet Alaba’s wage demands.

But Laporta claims that he has a plan in place to be able to improve the team.

"“I have all the cards ready to deal with these situations,” Laporta said.“It’s because of the experience and the knowledge I have of the people who could intervene in all these situations. I want to send a message of calm to all the Barcelona fans.“We will be economically sustainable again and if we need to improve the sports teams, I have all the cards ready to play.”Source: Marca"

If Laporta wins the presidency and is able to sign Alaba, it could potentially solve a lot of the club’s problems. He is a highly rated left-back but could also play in midfield and at centre-back.

But the Catalans are not going to be the only team vying to sign Alaba. In addition to Real Madrid, Chelsea are also in the market for the Austrian. The Premier League team are likely to be in better position than the Spanish giants.

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His wage demand is going to be the sticking point in any negotiations. Particularly for Barcelona who need to cut down on their wage bill. But if Laporta and his board can make a deal work, it would be a major coup for the Blaugrana.