Manchester City are one of the European sides reportedly taking an interest in signing Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba in the summer when his contract expires, and signing him could end Pep Guardiola’s three-year nightmare with Benjamin Mendy.
The Austrian international is set to leave the current Champions League holders in the summer and will be available on a free transfer, with non-German sides able to begin negotiations with the defender from January onwards.
According to Fussball Transfers (via Sport Witness), the Citizens have entered the race to sign Alaba, and could have a bargaining chip up their sleeve in the form of Guardiola, who managed the 28-year-old during his time at Bayern Munich.
Whilst the Bayern Munich man has earned plaudits for his performances at centre-back in recent seasons, the versatile Austrian can also play as a left-back, and as a defensive midfielder, so he would give City a lot of options in their side.
The £58.5 million rated man could play in a similar role to Nathan Ake, filling in as a left-back to give City more defensive security, whilst allowing either Kyle Walker or Joao Cancelo to burst forward on the right-hand side.
Like Ake, Alaba could then potentially drop into a back three alongside two other City centre-backs when they are in possession.
This could therefore bring an end to Benjamin Mendy’s time with the club, as we have already seen the likes of Ake and Cancelo feature ahead of the Frenchman at times this season.
After a barnstorming start to his City career following his arrival in 2017, the former Monaco man has struggled with a plethora of injury issues, that have clearly had an impact on his confidence, as his performances from both an attacking and defensive point of view, have declined since that debut season.
Guardiola is certainly a fan of Alaba, having heavily praised him during his time with Die Roten, saying:
“He’s an unbelievable talent. He can play anywhere. He’s quick, is good in the build-up and is always 100 per cent focused. Without doubt he can be one of the best centre-backs in the world. He’s a huge gift for Bayern.”
Therefore, it seems clear that should Alaba join City in the summer he would be a regular in City’s first-team, potentially as a centre-back or defensive-minded left-back, which could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Mendy with the Citizens.