Manchester City and Real Madrid covet chief target with an expiring contract.
Things were looking bleak for Manchester City after the initial Champions League ban of two-seasons. However, now that the ban has been overturned by Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Citizens intend to go hit the transfer market hard. As per The Guardian, City will now invest 165 million euros and manager, Pep Guardiola, now desires a new left-back and centre-back and his biggest focus remains his former Bayern Munich star who has an interesting future ahead of him.
Coach Guardiola knows David Alaba from his stint as the Bayern boss and is still on good terms with the player. The versatile Austrian international can play in both of the open positions with finesse of the highest levels. This season he has made 38 appearances across all competitions, with 2 goals and 2 assists. He seems like the perfect fit for Pep’s defensive requirements, considering the Spanish coach knows exactly Alaba brings to the squad.
Although the 28 year old has expressed no desire to leave the Bundesliga side for the Premier League, Guardiola holds a strong connection with him that could change his mind. Surely the lucrative wages could also be another factor in order to sway him away as his contract expires in 2021 and contract renewal talks haven’t yielded anything so far.
What seems more likely is that the excellent footballer could opt to move to the Spanish side instead, with Real Madrid reigniting their interest in him. Alaba had previously expressed the only two clubs he would consider a move for are Barcelona and Real Madrid.
While Bayern Munich coach, Hansi Flick woudn’t want to let the Austrian leave, the player seems ready to move on after 11 years at dominance in Munich. Zinedine Zidane’s team seem to be emerging as the favourites for the full-back with the German newspaper, Bild, reporting that the Los Blancos boss will surely try and seduce the remarkable talent to his ranks, and the only hindrance would be the salary increment the player will surely demand for the move.