Can you imagine an exchange between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at zero cost? Such a scenario looks likely, with Lucas Vazquez and David Alaba looking set to trade places.
The fact is that the two players have rejected the renewal offers presented by their clubs and the symbolic swap deal is close to taking place. The Austrian has been strongly linked with Real Madrid player November and a deal is expected to be completed in a few weeks.
This season, a somewhat atypical circumstance is occurring in comparison with previous campaigns. The impact of the pandemic has led to many players of importance with expiring contracts attempting to be signed by their club.
The list is headed by the captains of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Neither Leo Messi not Sergio Ramos have made any movement in regard to their future in an official way. The countdown has already started and neither player has announced what their future will be.
Players ending their contract does not end with Messi and Ramos. Kun Aguero announced last Monday that he will not continue at Manchester City, while there are others like Gianluigi Donnarumma, Memphis Depay, Julian Draxler and Eric Garcia whose contracts are also running out.
The big clubs ‘agreed’ to maintain a line of action in which respect was the common denominator, in an attempt not to blow up the market. Teams know the transfer activity of others when it comes to free players and, so far none of those players have announced their future.
Vazquez has rejected the club’s latest proposal, and Bayern are waiting patiently and are contemplating the possibility of incorporating the winger into their team. Meanwhile, Bayern gave up on versatile Alaba in November.
If the change of cards is confirmed, both Los Blancos and Bayern lose and win a versatile asset. Alaba is a regular starter for both club and country, while Vazquez has been away from the Spanish setup since the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Alaba has for the most part played left-back in his career, however in recent campaigns he has established himself as a central-defender.