£34m-rated ace prefers Arsenal move despite Man United interest - report
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.
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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.