By Abba Gwale
Real Madrid have reportedly emerged as the clear favourites to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.
Despite remaining as a key player at the Allianz Arena, the Austria international has less than six months remaining on his contract.
The 28-year-old is now in a position where he can hold discussions with any foreign clubs who are interested in his signature.
However, some Spanish tabloids claim that Real are now regarded as the frontrunners after offering Alaba a contract until the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
Zinedine Zidane is said to have given his blessing to a deal being negotiated with the player.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona have also been linked with the Austrian captain.