Bayern Munich have shown they can sign big players for big money.
In August 2012 the Bavarian giants paid €40 million to trigger Javi Martinez’s buyout clause at Athletic Bilbao; this past summer they doled out €37 million to acquire Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund.
And on Monday a report in Portuguese outlet A Bola (as per the Express) revealed the reigning German and European champions could again break the bank to bring David Luiz to Allianz Arena from Chelsea in January.
In other words, no one doubts Bayern’s spending power.
But paying lucrative transfer fees is one thing; keeping high-profile footballers happy is another, entirely, and also on Monday Bayern Munich proved they could do the latter when they inked left-back David Alaba to a contract extension that will keep him at the club until at least 2018.
Extending the 21-year-old was a no-brainer.
Converted to left-back from the centre of midfield, the Austria international so excelled in his position last season that he became widely recognized as one of its finest practitioners in the sport. He was an important part of Bayern’s Bundesliga, Pokal and Champions League triumphs, and early returns this season suggest he is only getting better.
According to WhoScored.com, his average of just over 60 passes per match so far this term leads all full-backs in Germany’s top flight, and his nearly four tackles per foul indicates a player who uses physicality intelligently.
In a team that places so high a value on possession—and winning possession back when it is lost—Alaba is a perfect fit, and Monday’s pact now means he will spend the prime of his career at Bayern.
As a club, Bayern Munich have made some major moves in recent times, and while re-signing Alaba may not generate the headlines of a Martinez or Gotze, it is in no way less important.