The defensive department of the Barcelona squad needs quality additions this summer.
The latest reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona are linked with a move for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba.
Alaba made 344 appearances across all competitions for Bayern Munich, scoring 29 goals and supplying 46 assists in return.
His record for Austria is also impressive. David Alaba has scored 13 goals in 69 matches for Austria at senior level.
The report claims that Barcelona manager has extensively scouted David Alaba and is considering a move for the left-back.
Ernesto Valverde will reportedly be handed a huge transfer kitty this summer and the Bayern Munich left-back is thought to be among the manager’s priorities.
There is no doubt that David Alaba will take Barcelona’s defense and midfield to a different level.
According to Football Espana, “Barcelona want to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba this summer because of his versatility, according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo. The report says the Catalan giants view the Austrian international as a ‘four in one player’, referencing his tactical flexibility. The German champions have already signed Lucas Hernandez in an €80m deal from Atletico Madrid this summer – who will provide direct competition at left-back for Alaba. The Austrian is the latest player to be linked to the Camp Nou to provide back-up for Jordi Alba, the long-term number one left-back at the club, following on from Filipe Luis – out of contract at Atletico Madrid – and Junior Firpo of Real Betis. Bayern have already let a number of established stars depart this summer including Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels, while Alaba, 27, could be the latest. Alaba signed for Bayern in 2009 and has become an established starter for the team in recent years, with his versatility one of his greatest assets.”
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Bayern Munich are reluctant to let Alaba go, but a big enough bid could persuade them to sell.
Signing the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window would be a masterstroke from Ernesto Valverde.
Stylistically, Alaba would be a great fit in Barcelona.
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