Manchester City join Barcelona in race for Bayern Munich fullback David Alaba

The defensive department of the Manchester City squad needs quality additions this summer.

It’s claimed by British media that Manchester City have joined Barcelona in race for Bayern Munich fullback David Alaba.

The 27-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

The Austria international joined Bayern Munich from Austria Wien for a fee in the region of 150,000 euros in 2008. His contract expires in the summer of 2021.

David Alaba
David Alaba

Alaba made 372 appearances across all competitions for Bayern, scoring 30 goals and supplying 48 assists in return.

The 27-year-old is considered to be one of the best football players in Austria.

His record for Austria is also impressive. Alaba has scored 14 goals in 72 matches for Austria at senior level.

Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new fullback and David Alaba is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. Guardiola is a long term admirer of Alaba and believes he can get the most out of the Austria international.

Manchester City
Manchester City

There is no doubt that David Alaba will take Manchester City’s defense to a different level.

According to the report, “Manchester City are ready to compete for Bayern Munich fullback David Alaba. The Manchester Evening News says City are competing with Spanish giants Barcelona for Alaba. City have seen their dominance of the Premier League crumble this season and look certain to surrender their title to Liverpool after an underwhelming campaign by their own high standards. While the attacking side of their game has remained brilliant – City are still the top scorers in the division – their defence has proved costly this year following the departure of Vincent Kompany, multiple injuries to important defenders and the failure to recruit fresh quality in the summer. And the chance to land Alaba won’t be ignored, particularly given manager Pep Guardiola’s good relationship with the Austrian courtesy of his time in charge of Bayern.”

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It would take a huge offer from Manchester City to prise the 27-year-old fullback from Bayern.

Signing the 27-year-old would be a masterstroke from Guardiola.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Manchester City.

It will be interesting to see whether Manchester City will make their move during the summer transfer window.

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