By Will Butcher
Bayern Munich’s David Alaba would favour a move to Arsenal over Manchester United, according to a report.
Manchester Evening News have revealed that the Austria international would prefer to relocate to London, which would push the Gunners in to pole position to sign the 24-year-old.
However, Arsenal will face a tough battle to gain Alaba’s signature as Bayern are reportedly keen to keep hold of their versatile star, who is said to be valued at £34million.
Starting at left-back, Alaba has been a mainstay of Carlo Ancelotti’s side this campaign. He has played in 17 fixtures, with a return of six assists and one goal.
With concerns over the performances of academy product Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal entering his thirties, Arsene Wenger will be keen to bring in a left-back as Alaba’s reputation continues to grow.
The former Hoffenheim star has a long-term contract at the Allianz Arena until 2021, after moving to the German champions in 2011.
In his five-year spell with Bayern, Alaba has scored 17 goals in 241 league and cup appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
The signing of Alaba would prove a brilliant piece of business by Wenger, as the Austrian is considered one of the best left-backs in the world. The fleet-footed defender is also able to play in midfield, and will give the Gunners a different option if needed. Arsenal have not had an outstanding left-back since Ashley Cole quit in 2006, with the likes of Gibbs, Andre Santos and Gael Clichy all failing to live up to the former England international. A player with Alaba’s quality would finally end that problem though. However, a move will be hard to complete as Ancelotti will want to keep the full-back, who is one of the first names on his Bayern team sheet.
In other Arsenal transfer news, these two European giants are set to battle it out for Santi Cazorla.