Manchester City are expected to talk to Bayern Munich over one more major deal just days after agreeing to sell Leroy Sane to them.
Manchester City have had some hard thinking to do ever since they were outpaced in the race to the Premier League title by Liverpool. They have had to self-introspect and find weaknesses within the squad, something that you don’t normally attribute to a very dominant side in English football.
According to the Mirror, Pep Guardiola has identified the position of a left-back as an area of concern. Benjamin Mendy has been inconsistent in that position and had his fair share of time with injuries while his substitute in Oleksandr Zinchenko has been a disappointment as well. It seems the Citizens have been keeping a close eye on Bayern Munich star, David Alaba.
In his 10 year-stint with the Bundesliga giants, Alaba has established himself as one of the topmost full-backs in European football. The 28-year-old can attack when the situation demands him to and has an extremely high defensive work-rate.
David Alaba’s free-kicks will be an asset to the Sky Blues as they would be on the lookout for a left-footed set-piece specialist after David Silva‘s departure. His crossing and passing are exquisite and having played under Pep before, the Austrian is certainly aware of the coach’s demands and tactics.
Moreover, his ability to play as a central defender will see the Sky Blues reap benefits. Aymeric Laporte‘s injury has narrowed down Manchester City’s options in the heart of their backline more often than not and with a centre-back being looked out for as well, Alaba will fit both the bills.
The defensive line-up consisting of Alaba, Laporte, John Stones and Kyle Walker, with Rodri at defensive midfield would prove to be a formidable one and can very well provide a perfect defensive stability to the team thereby allow the likes of Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to attack seamlessly from midfield. In short, Pep’s team has got every reason to go for the German star.
It seems that the Bavarians might be forced to sell him in the summer if the 28-year-old does not renew his contract. There still a year remaining in his existing contract and the Bundesliga giants clearly wouldn’t want to let Alaba walk away for free.
Besides David Alaba probably seeking a new challenge after a decade in Germany, the emergence of Alphonso Davies at the left-flank and his adaptability to play as a winger has created a sense of insecurity for the former Hoffenheim loanee, who doesn’t want to settle for a fringe role.
The other target that the former champions have on their radar is Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly but with the Italian club demanding a huge sum for the defender, the deal doesn’t really seem sensible under such pressing circumstances. Additionally, Alaba can adapt to both positions that Pep is out to strengthen.
However, the one thing that might stop the Bayern defender from joining City is their 2-year Champions League ban. The fate of the appeal is set to be revealed soon.