Here’s your daily round-up of the latest transfer gossip from World Soccer.
David Alaba has recently confirmed that he will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season, so the big question is where he’ll be heading to next? The 28-year-old centre-back has been ever-present in the club’s defence for over a decade, so it’s no surprise that there are so many clubs interested in his signature. According to the Mirror, Alaba wants his next club to be Real Madrid. He’s already been learning Spanish, but a move to the Bernabeu depends on the future of Sergio Ramos.
According to AS, Alaba is Real Madrid’s top target to replace 34-year-old Ramos, but they are also understood to be interested in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano. The 22-year-old had a nightmare last night against Liverpool in the Champions League, but he’s been one of the most in-demand defenders for a significant amount of time now. One thing Upamecano does have on Alaba is his age, with him being six years younger than the Bayern Munich defender.
Another defender in action in the Champions League later today is Sevilla’s Jules Kounde. He’s been heavily linked with Manchester City over the last few months. However, according to TeamTalk, Manchester United are prepared to offer £60 million to beat Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of the 22-year-old defender. Given how The Red Devils have struggled defensively of late, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prioritised signing a defender this summer.