There have been some emerging reports today about Arsenal’s apparent interest in Bayern Munich’s emerging young left back/centre midfielder David Alaba.
These reports suggest that Alaba is viewed very highly by recent treble winners Bayern as he has a vast amount of potential, and is quite experienced for such a young a player, making his international debut for Austria in October 2009, as a 17 year old, meaning he is the youngest player to ever play for Austria. Alaba is currently Bayern’s first choice left back and looks to have a great future there.
However the issue that has arisen is that Alaba prefers to play in the centre of midfield and he recently said in an interview “The club sees me at the moment as a left defender., but I see myself as a central midfielder, and also have all of that in mind I try to stay quiet, but it is a goal of mine, in Bavaria to be a central midfield regular.”
However there is a lot of competition for places at the heart of midfield at Bayern with Shweinsteiger, Martinez, Gustavo, Shaqiri and the inbound Rode all currently in front of him. This is where Arsenal could come in, apparently we are prepared to offer him a place in our team at his favoured position, central defensive midfield. German newspaper TZ has claimed that “The English giants have already made contact with Alaba’s management. The Londoners want to sign him for midfield.”
However that is where the risk comes in, Alaba is not an experienced centre midfielder and it is believed that we would have to pay at least £20 million to prise Alaba away from Bayern, a large sum of money which would smash Arsenal’s transfer record.
Another potential issue with this deal is that Bayern may want Laurent Koscielny as part of a swap deal something that Arsenal should immediately reject, and if Arsenal don’t agree with that then Bayern may refuse to cooperate regarding Alaba.
Is it worth taking the risk of playing Alaba at centre mid or should we look at other targets?