In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former England midfielder Carlton Palmer has urged Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy to make a move for Bayern Munich sensation David Alaba.
The 28-year-old left-back has entered the final six months of his current contract at the defending Bundesliga champions, and Fabrizio Romano has claimed that he would like to leave the German outfit after 12 years at the club.
It is thought that Real Madrid and Premier League rivals Liverpool are in a tussle to secure his signature with the La Liga giants ‘leading the race’ having offered Alaba a long-term deal in the region of four to five years.
The Austrian gem has been transformed into a central defender recently, playing 17 of 19 matches in all competitions in the role this term, so with Jose Mourinho chasing a new central defender this transfer window, he could be a perfect solution in north London.
And when asked if Spurs should make a move for the soon-to-be free-agent, Palmer agreed…
He told FFC:
“I think any of the top clubs would be interested in him. He’s a very versatile player, a very good player.
“The only reason [Bayern] are allowing him to go is because they haven’t been able to agree on a new contract. It’s up in the summer, and he’s 28, so it’s good business for somebody.
“I think he’s on around £200k-per-week, so if you’ve got to pay him £250k-per-week on a free in the summer, then it is good business because he is a good player. If you had to pay £15m for him right now, it’s still good business.
“Outside of him being a free transfer, you’d be still looking to pay in excess of £50m for him.
“He’s a real good player. Proven, world-class player.”
It’s hard to imagine Spurs being genuine contenders to secure Alaba – at least in January.
They are not competing in the Champions League but as Romano claims, the defender is prepared to see out his contract which means this could become an interesting proposition for Mourinho in the summer.
A signing like this could genuinely elevate the north London outfit onto a new level – he’s won 18 domestic titles and two Champions League trophies. Only Gareth Bale can match anywhere near that in the current squad.
Giving him a pay rise to come to N17 would be a wise move, especially as Spurs won’t have to pay a transfer fee and with the Bundesliga monster valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt, it would certainly be a bargain.