According to a report by Mundo Deportivo (not an amazing source, so take it with a grain of salt) Barcelona tried to sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich for the 2018/2019 season, but were put off by the player’s salary demands. Apparently, Alaba’s camp demanded a number so high it would’ve made him the second highest paid player on the squad, only after Lionel Messi himself.

Of course, this report comes from a Barca-based newspaper with an inherent bias, so it’s best to treat it with some suspicion. Alaba to Barca rumors have been around ever since the Austrian made his Bayern debut, but they’ve been anything more than hearsay. Even in 2018, the year this negotiation allegedly took place, there was no concrete indication in the German media that Alaba was looking to move. Honestly, before this year, it felt like Alaba would end his career at Bayern.