David Alaba is set to become Chelsea’s best-paid player if he completes a reported £350,000-a-week switch from Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga giants have ended contract negotiations with the 28-year-old, ahead of his deal expiring in June.
Any club will be able to make their own offer and pre-agree a summer switch when the January transfer window opens.
And Chelsea are one of four clubs reportedly keen on such a deal.
German publication Bild report on the Austrian’s demands of £350,000-a-week.
Such a high pay packet would comfortably make him Chelsea’s highest earner.
Kai Havertz currently holds the title with a £310,000-a-week deal signed in the summer, ahead of Timo Werner’s £270,000-a-week salary.
N’Golo Kante and Kepa Arrizabalaga earn £150,000 with Christian Pulisic back on £145,000.
Should Chelsea want to see through their reported interest in Alaba, they will have to discuss the matter with agent Pini Zahavi.
The veteran negotiator is said to have a good relationship with the Blues.