Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to land David Alaba, who will be a free agent this summer.
The Austria international is set to depart Bayern Munich after joining the club back in 2008 from the Austria Wien academy.
The 28-year-old has refused to sign an extension with the Bavarian giants, meaning a new adventure is on the cards for the left-footer.
Alaba’s time at Bayern has been hugely successful.
He’s already won a total of 26 major trophies with the club, including nine Bundesliga titles, six DfB-Pokals and two Champions Leagues.
Alaba – who was described as ‘a great footballer’ by ex-City star Leroy Sane last summer (Bild) – has also been named Austrian Football of the Year on seven occasions.
The Daily Star claim City are preparing a lucrative offer to put to Alaba, as are Chelsea.
Apparently he wants a whopping £400,000-a-week, and it’s explained the Citizens would offer less than that but use their lucrative bonus scheme to bridge the difference.
City don’t need Alaba
There is absolutely no denying Alaba’s talent.
He is a world-class player who can play as a left-back, centre-back or even a central midfielder.
But City don’t need to be going after him given the options Pep Guardiola currently has available to him.
Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are all exceptional centre-halves, and Benjamin Mendy, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo can all play left-back.
And then there’s Nathan Ake – something of a forgotten man already due to his early injury problems – who can also play the roles Alaba can.