DAVID ALABA is closing in on a move to Real Madrid after a verbal agreement was struck between the duo, according to reports.
Eight clubs are locked in a fierce race to sign the defender who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Alaba, 28, has opted against signing a new deal at Bayern Munich in search of a new challenge.
And his availability for nothing has attracted the interest from a whole host of top European clubs.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Man City are all pushing hard to convince Alaba his future belongs in the Premier League.
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen to sign him by offering him a lucrative wage packet.
But ESPN write how Real Madrid are leading the pack as they look to bolster their ranks.
Alaba would comfortably slot into any starting XI in world football but boss Zinedine Zidane is particularly eager to invest with fears of losing Sergio Ramos.
The Los Blancos captain is out of contract in the summer and talks have hit a dead end for now.
Alaba confirmed his Bayern exit this week, saying: "I have decided to do something new. It wasn't an easy decision. I have not yet made the decision where to go.
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"I have personally decided to see something new, to look for a new challenge. That certainly took its time.
"It's no secret that my agent is negotiating with other clubs. I am looking for a new challenge to develop myself as a person on and off the pitch.
"Where can I continue to play football successfully? That will certainly be important in my decision."
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