Manchester City have turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to sign David Alaba because it would involve one of their players moving in the opposite direction.
Mundo Deportivo reported that Bayern launched a player-plus-cash bid in an attempt to lure Leroy Sane from the Etihad Stadium, but the Premier League champions have rejected it out of hand.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Alaba fears for his future at the Allianz Arena and does not want to commit beyond his current contract.
Mundo Deportivo claimed that Bayern were hopeful that the inclusion of Alaba in a possible switch for Sane would make Manchester City more open to doing a deal, but Pep Guardiola is not entertaining it.
While left-back is his primary position, he has readily adapted to other roles such as centre-back, central midfielder and left-sided midfielder.
Alaba carries a threat from set-pieces, with eight of his 29 Bayern goals scored from direct free kicks. He is also likely to shoot from long distances, with 80% of his shots last season being taken from outside the penalty area (he averaged 1.5 shots per game).
His possible arrival at Manchester City could raise doubts over the place of Oleksandr Zinchenko in the starting XI. The Ukraine left-back made plenty of progress last season, appearing in 29 games and clocking up a goal and five assists.
His passing success rate of 91.5% is far higher than Alaba’s 85.5% and defensively he also contributes more than the Austria international. Zinchenko averaged 2.4 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game last season, compared to Alaba’s match averages of 1.1 tackles and one interception.
Plus, if Manchester City were to let Sane leave, they would be jettisoning a player who has scored 34 goals and supplied 42 assists in the last two seasons. His tally of 18 assists in 2018/19 was the joint highest at the club alongside Raheem Sterling.
While Alaba’s versatility and free-kick threat would be nice for Manchester City to have, they are adequately covered for options in defence and central midfield, while Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez are all recognised free-kick takers.
Alaba’s arrival could not only affect the progress of Zinchenko but might also involve sacrificing Sane, whose effectiveness in attack makes him worth retaining.
Guardiola is quite justified in telling Bayern that their player-plus-cash bid will not be enough to persuade him to sell Sane.
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