Real Madrid are favourites to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba with Chelsea unwilling to meet the defender’s wage demands, sources have told ESPN.
The 28-year-old is out of contract this summer and rejected Bayern’s offer of a new five-year deal worth around £250,000-a-week including bonuses.
Madrid have been in talks with Alaba since last month and are thought to be close to securing Alaba’s signature on a four-year contract worth almost £400,000-a-week.
Other interested clubs have been told they will need to match that figure to enter the running but Chelsea have so far proved reluctant to break their current wage structure.
N’Golo Kante is the club’s top earner on £300,000-a-week. Liverpool were also thought to have expressed an interest but did not pursue an agreement for the same reason.
Chelsea are keen to strengthen their backline this summer having also scouted RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, who has a £38 million release clause, with new boss Thomas Tuchel ready to overhaul his options at the back.