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Update On Barcelona’s Pursuit Of This Bundesliga Defender: What Should Be Koeman’s Play?

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In a recent print edition, Sport has offered an update on Barcelona‘s pursuit of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this campaign. It is understood that the Austria international has offered himself to the Catalan club on several occasions but he is not a priority target for Barca boss Ronald Koeman right now (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Alaba’s Consistent Form In European Football This Season

Alaba has maintained his high standards at the heart of Hans-Dieter Flick’s backline this season and has been responsible for producing a series of commanding displays for the Bavarian giants so far. The Wien-born defensive ace has taken part in 36 matches for the Munich outfit this term, scoring two goals and securing three assists across all competitions.

The 28-year-old is having another outstanding campaign in Europe as he is averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.7 clearances and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League. He has also been exceptional when distributing the ball out from defence after completing 88.9% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

With Alaba’s current deal with Bayern Munich expiring this summer, Ronald Koeman would have a golden chance to recruit him for free if he can convince the Catalan club’s board to pay the player’s high wages.

Update on Barcelona's pursuit of David Alaba who is in action in the picture
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What Will The Austria International Bring To The Nou Camp?

Alaba has got the pace to get back and clear the danger when needed. He is often quick to scan the danger and can position himself according to the situation and come away with the ball for his side.

The 77-time Austria international excels at playing his way out from the back and has a wide range of passes in his locker as well. He has won a lot of trophies with Bayern Munich, so this summer could be his ideal chance for him to seal a move to another top club in search of more success in the years to come.

What Should Be Koeman’s Play?

At the moment, Barcelona are in dire need to add more quality and depth to their squad but they would have to do so on a limited budget. Hence, it is a no-brainer for Koeman to offer the experienced Austrian an opportunity to ply his trade at the Nou Camp in the coming seasons as he will be an instant fix to his team’s current defensive issues.

Moreover, Alaba will be a good replacement for Gerard Pique, who has declined considerably over the past 18 months. With all things considered, Barca should attempt to try and come to an agreement with the Bayern Munich star this summer as he could propel them to challenge for major trophies once again in the coming seasons.

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