Real Madrid – La Liga Carlos Carpio gives his opinion
In the summer of 2014, Bayern Munich signed a 26-year-old striker who was finishing his contract at Borussia Dortmund and whose market value, according to Transfermarkt, was 50 million euros. His name was Robert Lewandowski and since then he has been the most valuable free transfer of all time, according to the parameters of this football market reference website. From July 1, when the agreement reached with Real Madrid in the first week of January will come into effect, and which we previewed exclusively in MARCA, David Alaba will unseat Lewandowski in that position with his 55 million euro valuation.
When the club knew they had the chance to sign him, they rushed to negotiate with the Austrian in the belief that he was a player they could miss out on, regardless of what could happen down the line with the renewals of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. They valued his status as a player with a proven track record in Europe’s elite, his versatility which allows him to operate in three positions and, above all, the fact that he arrives free and without costing a euro in transfer fees, a decisive circumstance that explains the high salary that Alaba is going to earn, although he will still not exceed what Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Ramos make. Real Madrid could not afford to miss an exceptional opportunity to bring in a proven defender to ensure the renewal of a backline in which Ramos, regardless of whether he stays or goes, turns 35 next month and Varane‘s continuity is not entirely clear either. Signing a player like Alaba on a free is a bargain, and that has to be paid for.