Manchester City and Manchester United are poised for a transfer duel as Bayern Munich’s wantaway star David Alaba’s pursuit hots up.
According to AS, David Alaba could attract a serious transfer battle among a host of Europe’s top clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. In fact, Premier League giants Manchester City and Manchester United have already made a formal approach to agent Pini Zahavi.
It appears both Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in securing a move for the left-back turned centre-back, who is keen on leaving Allianz Arena following disputes over his wages. Alaba has shown no intention to renew his existing contract that expires at the end of the campaign, meaning he could be available as a free agent next summer.
The Austrian international’s pedigree at the highest level of football, combined with his achievements as an individual would make him no less than a bargain for any club in Europe.
The 28-year-old has over 400 competitive appearances for Bayern, winning the Bundesliga nine times, as well as six DFB Pokal titles and two Champions League titles. He is one of few players in European football who have won the treble twice in his career.
Such a winning mentality could indeed be useful at a club like Manchester United, who have had very little success following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Even from a sporting perspective, the Bayern man could offer the much-needed solidity in the defensive unit that has lacked consistency and leadership, giving some valuable competition to Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
For Manchester City, the arrival of Alaba should add further defensive strength to their side. The Citizens have been unfortunate with the injury-prone nature of their star defender Aymeric Laporte. Although they do have the likes of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake in their ranks, the Austrian can not only bring competition but can also offer himself as an option in the left-back role.
However, it appears Alaba may opt for a switch to Spain, where clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid offer him the opportunity of playing consistently in the Champions League and winning silverware. Los Blancos have already identified the 28-year-old as a potential replacement for Sergio Ramos, who has been linked with a move to PSG amid complications over a new deal.