Alaba, 28, is out of contract with the Bundesliga giants next summer and talks over an extension have broken down, leaving the player free to enter negotiations with other clubs as soon as next month.
Chelsea received a boost in their pursuit of the versatile Austrian earlier this week, as they are reportedly one of four clubs the player is keen to join.
The Blues know they will face heavy competition to sign Alaba and may need to offer him an eye-watering wage to fend off competition from other European giants.
German newspaper Bild reports the two-time Champions League winner is demanding a £350,000-per-week contract.
Such a deal would make Alaba Chelsea’s highest earner by some distance, seeing him take home £40,000-per-week more than Kai Havertz, who joined on a club-record deal last summer.
Alaba’s prospective wages would also be £350,000-per-week higher than the £270,000-per-week deal the Blues handed Timo Werner to land him from RB Leipzig.
The left-sided defender could also earn a full £200,000-per-week more than Chelsea’s fourth-top earners: out-of-favour goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga and midfielder N’Golo Kante, on £150,000-per-week.
Alaba is represented by Pini Zahavi, the Israeli football agent who played a key role in Roman Abramovich’s purchase of Chelsea in 2003.
Zahavi continues to have a strong relationship with Blues chiefs and that may strengthen the club’s hopes of bringing Alaba to west London.
But Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta also has a close relationship with the agent and the Catalan giants remain firmly in the race for Alaba.
It remains to be seen if Barca could meet Alaba’s huge wage demands after a year in which their finances have been decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.
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