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Barcelona open talks for a switch for Bayern Munich veteran

Incoming Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has placed Bayern Munich star on top of his priority list for the summer transfer window.

Joan Laporta has shortlisted several names whom he plans to land at Camp Nou, in the summer transfer window. The newly elected Barcelona chief has been tasked with the duty of reviving the Blaugrana and making them top contenders in Europe once again.

Among several names on his wish-list is the two-time Champions League winner with Bayern Munich, David Alaba. The Austrian was signed by the reigning German champions in 2010 and has spent almost over a decade at the club. The 28-year old has made 272 appearances in all competitions for the club.

Having established himself as a world-class left-back, Alaba has slowly transitioned to become a centre-back for Bayern Munich in the past year or two. His positional versatility is an added advantage, as several clubs in Europe will look forward to secure the services of the Austrian, who will leave the Bundesliga champions once this season ends.

It seems that Barcelona are the frontrunners to seal the deal for Alaba. As reported by the AS, Pini Zahavi and Fali Ramadani, David Alaba’s representatives, met with Joan Laporta last week in the Catalan capital. Laporta told the representatives that should he become the new president of Barcelona, they should expect a proposal for Alaba, from the club soon.

More importantly, Alaba’s contract runs out in the summer, which makes him a free agent. It is because of this reason, that several European top clubs are eyeing the Austrian this summer. Real Madrid and Manchester City are among the other candidates in the race to sign Alaba.

Barcelona plan to offload Philippe Coutinho next season, and his huge salary which is a serious burden on the club, who are in deep financial problems.

This means that Laporta could be in a good position to satisfy the player’s lofty wage demands. The Austrian is fairly young and has enough experience on his side and the only hindrance in Barca’s path of signing him would be the monetary factor. Signing Alaba will certainly be a step in the right direction for Laporta and the future of the club. Which other players do you think the La Liga side