After winning their eleventh Champions League trophy, Real Madrid shouldn’t be too desperate to sign many players this summer.
However, just days after being crowned European champions, Los Blancos are working hard to sign their number one transfer target.
That is, according to AS, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
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Zinedine Zidane’s side have already seen a £38million bid rejected for the Austria international and will need to fork out a reported £62m to land the defender.
The report claims that Real Madrid’s director general Jose Angel Sanchez had held meetings with Alaba’s father - who is also his agent - on several occasions in Munich.
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Alba's father's comments
When asked about the reports, his father, George, admitted that they are proud that Madrid are interested.
"Things are good at the moment and we do not have to make any comment,” he told reporters, per ESPN.
“Madrid is a great club and this interest makes us proud. That is all I should say, nothing more."
However, the German club are extremely reluctant to let the 23-year-old leave and are holding out for a hefty transfer fee.
Alaba is understandably identified as Marcelo’s long-term replacement with the Brazilian having turned 28 this month. He may have played 44 times for Pep Guardiola’s side as they completed a domestic double but he wouldn’t have impressed any watching Madrid scouts during Austria’s friendly against Malta on Tuesday night.
That’s because he scored an incredible own goal by passing the ball into his own net without looking during their 2-1 victory.
After the match, Alaba admitted his mistake and took the entire blame.
"That goal was clearly my own fault," he said.
"I thought Rambo [Ramazan Ozcan] was still in goal, but he was standing next to it. It was a stupid mistake of mine. I did not have my bearings."
But that little lapse of concentration isn’t likely to put off Madrid chiefs who see the versatile player as their number one transfer priority. He signed a new deal at the Allianz last year lasting until 2021 but when Real Madrid come knocking, Bayern may find it incredibly difficult to hold onto their star player.
However, Real Madrid aren’t the only Spanish side that have been interested in Alaba in recent weeks.
Last month, Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona have contacted the player and admitted they were interested in signing him. However, the report suggests that Alaba said he would only join Barcelona if they promised to play him in midfield.