David Alaba's camp are 'assuming' that Bayern Munich will eventually accept their contract demands - but with further talks yet to be scheduled, the possibility of the player leaving for free can no longer be 'excluded'.
The 28-year-old was a key figure in 2019/20 as Bayern secured the treble, making 42 appearances in all competitions. Despite this, however, Alaba's current contract is due to expire next summer and he is yet to agree fresh terms with the Bundesliga giants.
The defender's camp have put forward their demands to the club, but Bayern have so far proven unwilling to meet them. Sport1 have now provided an update on his contract situation, explaining that while no further talks have yet been scheduled and the club still standing firm in the negotiations, the Austrian's camp are assuming that Bayern will eventually give in.
For agent Pini Zahavi and Alaba's father, this isn't an issue of just money, but rather a matter of appreciation for his services to the club over the years. As well as this, however, the two parties are struggling to agree on new terms as Alaba's camp are demanding a hefty basic salary, while Zahavi is also demanding a commission in the 'millions' from any deal.
The problem for Bayern at this moment in time is that Alaba has under one year to run on his current contract and from January, he will be free to negotiate with other clubs. The report states that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea all remain interested in his services.
For the German club, losing Alaba on a free transfer would be the worst possible outcome. But while this once was not seen as a possible outcome, this can now no longer be excluded as an option.
This is despite the fact that Hansi Flick is keen to keep hold of him and is still assuming that he will eventually sign a new deal. Once again, the situation has been described as a game of poker and eventually, one side will have to move if an agreement is to be reached.