By Real Madrid's standards, it has been a very quiet summer at the Bernabeu for Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez.
Every year fans across the world expect at least one landmark signing to get their juices flowing for the new season.
But, with the exception of Alvaro Morata's return, the Champions League winners are yet to make a real statement in the transfer market.
However, they still haven't given up of landing a major name; more specifically, David Alaba.
Back in June, Bayern Munich reportedly rejected Madrid's first bid of €50 million and a second offer, worth €15 million more, received the same response shortly after.
The latest speculation is now suggesting Zidane may have to use one of his own players as a sweetener to push the deal through.
According to AS in Spain, the Spanish side will need to make another bid worth €65 million plus Pepe, to have any chance of signing Alaba.
After Zidane missed out on Andre Gomes and Paul Pogba, the Madrid boss could now see Alaba as a potential midfield option as well as backup to Marcelo in the left-back position the Austrian initially made his name in.
The same report claims Los Blancos have no interest in involving any of their own players to secure Alaba's services and have already turned down Bayern's early interest in Raphael Varane.
Carlo Ancelotti has already recruited Mats Hummels to his new defensive line at the German champions but following Medhi Benatia's move to Juventus on loan, the Italian may want another addition to bolster his options.
Zidane has every right to be feeling comfortable with the current balance of his squad given their European triumph last season but after pulling out of the race to sign Moussa Sissoko and the imminent departure of Jese Rodriguez, the Frenchman might be playing a risky game by relying on his key midfield men to avoid any serious injuries this year.
Alaba's current side and potential new club faced off against each other last night in a glitzy pre-season clash with Madrid edging a tight 1-0 victory.
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