Man Utd make strong move to beat Chelsea, Man City to centre-back

Date published: Monday 21st December 2020 5:54 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United have reportedly contacted the agent of David Alaba as Bayern Munich appeared to confirm he will be leaving them.

Alaba is in the final year of his contract at Bayern, where he has spent the majority of his professional career and won the Champions League last season.

The 28-year-old remains a regular for the German champions, but their time together seems to be coming to an end. Alaba is not expected to extend his contract.

Therefore, he will be free to negotiate with other clubs from next month, with a view to joining them next season.

The Premier League could be a possible destination for the Austria international. For example, Chelsea are one of the clubs his agent Pini Zahavi is considering.

However, it has now emerged that both Manchester United and Manchester City are in the hunt. According to AS, the two rivals have made formal contact with Zahavi.

Man Utd are the more likely suitor, as they are looking for a cheaper alternative to Dayot Upamecano. The RB Leizpig defender is becoming out of their price range, whereas Alaba could be a bargain.

The Bayern man can play as a centre-back or left-back, so could be useful in multiple roles.

 

However, a number of top clubs are aware of that. The report adds that Real Madrid have identified Alaba as the perfect successor to Sergio Ramos, who is in the latter stages of his career.

Ramos has been an incredible servant to Madrid, so they will need to find a way to replace his leadership at the back. That could point them towards Alaba.

Barcelona and PSG are also suggested as contenders for Alaba, as well as Chelsea. But Real Madrid and Man Utd seem to be leading the race at present.

Bayern confirm Alaba plans

Over the weekend, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained his club’s version of events in their efforts to keep Alaba.

Rummenigge revealed that Alaba failed to accept their lucrative offer of a new contract by the deadline they had set.

“Bayern did everything we could to try and reach an agreement,” Rummenigge told Marca.

“We had a lot of conversations, but we wanted answers from him by the end of October.

“This didn’t happen and I don’t know if we’ll return to the negotiations.

“What I want to be clear about is that our offer showed exactly how much we value him, but he didn’t accept it.”


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However, the Bayern chief denied any knowledge of Real Madrid’s interest in the player – but admitted he may be powerless to stop Alaba leaving.

“I don’t know anything about the Real Madrid rumours. He’s free to speak to whoever he wants from January 1st.”

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