David Alaba's time at Bayern Munich is coming towards an end, and one club the versatile Austrian defender would like to join is Real Madrid, who are strongly considering the prospect of bringing him to the Spanish capital.
The 28-year-old's contract comes to an end next June and he will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from January 1. This is the date at which Real Madrid's directors will wait until, and they will do so with the acknowledgement of the German club's hierarchy.
Alaba had given Bayern a deadline of December 1 to reach an agreement, so since that day he has had it in his mind that a departure is imminent. However, FIFA rules state that he must wait until there is six months or less of his contract remaining before formally entering into negotiations with other teams.
Bayern were clear from the outset that they were not prepared to meet Alaba's financial demands and, as such, they are set to lose him on a free. Real Madrid, like Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, are waiting until January 1 arrives to make him an offer.