Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly among four sides who are set to battle it out over the signature of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.
The Austrian international has been a consistent performer in the Bundesliga over the last decade, winning a remarkable nine league titles as well as two Champions League titles in what’s been a hugely successful spell in Munich.
With the full-back turned central defender seemingly having won all there is to win with Bayern, he now appears keen to head for pastures new as he enters the final year of his current contract.
The 28-year-old will potentially be available for free next summer and thus a number of top European clubs are keen for his signature, with the Daily Mail reporting that both Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in the defender, as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
As the player’s contract ends in June 2021, any of those sides would be able to secure a pre-contract agreement as early as January, although the report does suggest that the versatile defender would potentially prefer a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Both La Liga sides have been hit by the current coronavirus pandemic and would welcome the opportunity to sign such an experienced and high quality defender without having to pay a hefty transfer fee.
That factor will also have interested the likes of Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s side in need of centre-back reinforcements after losing influential defender Virgil Van Dijk on a potentially long-term basis.
The absence of the Dutchman has seen Klopp forced to deploy midfielder Fabinho at the heart of defence on occasion, as well as turning to the inexperienced duo of Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams.
As for City, Pep Guardiola has already strengthened at centre-back with the signings of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake in the summer, although Alaba could well be a useful option at both centre and left back.
At present, City’s left-back options are relatively slim, with Benjamin Mendy often on the sidelines and Oleksandr Zinchenko not a natural full-back.