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Rumour Has It: Real Madrid battle Premier League giants for Alaba, Chelsea eye Upamecano

SoccerNews in La Liga 27 Jan 2021

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The battle to sign David Alaba continues among European giants, while Thomas Tuchel is eyeing Dayot Upamecano at Chelsea.

Alaba, 28, is set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and it was reported this month the defender had agreed a deal with Real Madrid.

But it seems the race to secure the Austria international’s signature remains on.

 

TOP STORY – EUROPEAN GIANTS FIGHT FOR ALABA

Real Madrid have offered Alaba €11million per year and Manchester City are prepared to give the Bayern Munich star €14m, according to AS.

The report says Manchester United, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also battling to sign Alaba.

Alaba has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues among numerous other trophies with Bayern.

 

ROUND-UP

– Tuchel’s appointment as Chelsea head coach was confirmed on Tuesday, and the former PSG boss is already looking to strengthen. Bild reports Tuchel wants RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano at Stamford Bridge. It comes as The Guardian reports Chelsea’s interest in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is likely to end following Frank Lampard’s sacking.

Real Madrid have work to do before the end of the season. Marca reports Luka Modric has agreed a new contract with Madrid, while Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez are yet to accept offers. The report says Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez are their next priorities.

Eric Garcia is linked with a move to Barcelona. Sport reports the next president of the Catalan giants must ratify the defender’s five-year deal if the Manchester City defender is to arrive ahead of next season.

– Out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain the end of the season, Angel Di Maria‘s future is uncertain. L’Equipe reports the attacker, though, is on track for an extension with the Ligue 1 giants.

– Staying at PSG and the club are still pushing to sign Dele Alli on loan, according to Fabrizio Romano, who reports Tottenham are unwilling to let the midfielder go until they sign a replacement.

– Jordi Alba turns 32 in March and Barcelona are considering the left-back’s successor. Mundo Deportivo reports Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso are candidates.

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