Bayern Munich star David Alaba is certainly in the band of players who could probably walk into any football team on the planet.
Indeed, as Euro 2016 goes into full swing, he is the main reason why many football hipsters were tipping Austria to be the dark horses of the tournament.
But once the competition comes to a conclusion, attention will turn towards his future. Barcelona are apparently keen to sign him in a €50million deal while Bayern Munich will do everything to tie him down to a new contract.
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Still only 23-years-old, Alaba is already considered one of the best left-backs in the world and has also proved adept at playing as a centre-back under Pep Guardiola. For Austria, he plays in central midfield and does a good job of it too.
And his penchant for playing in the middle of the park is quite possibly borne out of the fact that he grew up idolising Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. The midfield enforcer was the drive behind an Arsenal team that dominated in the early 2000s and caught the eye of a young Alaba.
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In fact, the Bundesliga star went as far to say that he was an Arsenal fan, especially when they were at their very best when the likes of Vieira, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires graced the Highbury turf.
Alaba <3 Arsenal
"In the first place, Patrick Vieira," Alaba told France Football when asked who his idol was.
”What a player! He inspired me through his presence, his style of play, his strong personality. I was a fan of Arsenal, who dominated everything around 10 years ago.
"I only had eyes for Vieira. Our styles don't resemble each other particularly but in this position he's an example, notably in his way of imposing himself in duels."
But while Arsenal could have coaxed Alaba to the club ten years ago, they may struggle to do that same thing today. Indeed, Alaba is a world-class player and would have a plethora of clubs to choose from if he ever left the Allianz Arena.
One club believed to be interested is Barcelona and reports in May suggested that Alaba may be tempted into a move. A report in The Mirror, citing Mundo Deportivo, claimed the Austrian had told Luis Enrique that he would happily move to the Nou Camp but only if he promised to let him play in midfield.
While Alaba is certainly a good midfielder, he is an even better defender and, anyway, Barcelona's priority is strengthening their backline. As a result, it appears that request has left the La Liga champions searching for alternative options.
You can play in Arsenal's midfield, David. How about it?