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David Alaba: Is Bayern Munich defender an option for top European clubs?

David Alaba has gone from strength to strength at Bayern Munich. After coming through their youth academy and bursting onto the scene, the Austrian international has thrived for the German giants. Whether that be as a left back, centre back, on the wings or even in midfield. He’s proven his worth and been a consistent figure during Bayern’s era of domestic dominance. Yet with the emergence of a new exciting and dynamic left back, could we see him depart Bavaria in the summer?

The 27 year old, as I said, has been consistently good in Germany. Very rarely a poor game as such and often the first name on the team sheet. Yet the arrival of the exciting Alphonso Davies has limited him to only 6 appearances at left back this season. The Canadian’s dynamism coupled with the German side’s injuries in central defence have meant Alaba has played most of this season as a centre back. Yet he has continued to be a great performer for Bayern, a testament to his incredible versatility.

David Alaba – A new challenge?

Yet according to various reports, including reliable German outlet BILD, the Munich youth product is hesitant on signing a new contract. With rumoured interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and even Manchester City, it’s no surprise Alaba is considering his options. Over 200 appearances for Bayern with 8 Bundesliga titles, a Champions League and countless other trophies. The prospect of a new challenge in Spain, England or maybe Italy could entice him.

David Alaba in action for Bayern Munich

It’s worth considering other factors too. At 27 years old, the Austrian is either in or fast approaching the prime of his career. The time to move would be within the next 2 years and that window is only open for so long. Considering Alphonso Davies will only get more game time at left back and the fact he isn’t first choice centre back with Sule and Lucas Hernandez you assume to be ahead in the pecking order, a move away for Alaba looks more likely than not. I highly doubt he wants to play second fiddle or in rotation in the peak years of his career.

The BILD article above suggests he wants the chance to play in midfield. Like Joshua Kimmich has had over the last few years. Yet with Tolisso, Goretzka, Thiago, and Javi Martinez, once again he has a lot of competition. This is where some of Europe’s top clubs can pounce and perhaps for a reasonable fee too.

Double co-incidence of wants?

Considering Bayern’s long term interest in Leroy Sane, could that facilitate a swap deal with Manchester City? Benjamin Mendy’s time at the Etihad has been plagued with injuries and Zinchenko isn’t much more than a rotation player. So the left back position at City is very much an area that needs strengthening. Though Bayern have dismissed reports of a swap deal, it really does make sense for both parties if it were to happen.

Leroy Sane training for Manchester City

With just a year left on his contract, you’d assume the fee wouldn’t be too high. Especially if his new agent Pini Zahavi starts pushing for a move. For someone as versatile as David Alaba with how well rounded he is, whoever signs him could have one of the signings of the summer. As a left back, centre back or midfielder, he’s no doubt an asset to any side in European football. Definitely worth watching this space.

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