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David Alaba’s eye-watering wage demands have seen Chelsea begin to move onto other central defensive transfer targets.
The Bayern Munich defender will be available one a free transfer at the end of the season, making him one of the top targets for clubs searching for defensive recruitments.
Alaba has become one of the best defenders in football during his time at the Allianz, winning nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues.
He has been a key part of Bayern’s rear-guard again this season, making 19 appearances for Hansi Flick’s side.
But with talks between Alaba and the German giants breaking down, the Austrian is now on the search for his next club.
If he wants a move to Stamford Bridge however, Alaba will have to cut his wage demands, with the Telegraph reporting that clubs have been told he wants £20million-a-year, around £400,000 a week.
That has already put off several clubs, with Chelsea’s current top earner, N’Golo Kante, taking home £100,000 a week less than Alaba’s demand.
Chelsea also face competition from reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid, who are said to be leading the race for the defender.
That competition, coupled with Alaba’s exorbitant wage demands, has led to Chelsea casting a wider net for a new centre back.
The Telegraph report states that the club’s scouts have watched RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Jose Gimenez, currently at Atletico Madrid, with Alaba’s current team-mate Niklas Sule another option.
Upamecano has a £36m release clause in his contract and was reported to be a target of Liverpool's in the January window, while Gimenez has been a key player as Atletico have stormed to the top of La Liga.
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Though the report claims that the Blues are hoping to extend Thiago Silva’s contract beyond this season, it is understood the Premier League side are keen to bring in defensive reinforcements.
Silva’s hopes of being handed a new deal have been boosted by the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as manager.
Tuchel was Silva’s boss at Paris Saint-German and tried to keep him in France before the centre-back departed for Stamford Bridge.
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