Manchester City’s hopes of signing David Alaba from Bayern Munich could be thwarted by Juventus.
The 28-year old Austrian defender is out of contract at the Allianz Arena next contract, and, despite being offered a lucrative new deal by the German champions and Champions League winners, seems determined to leave.
City were the leading contenders to sign him over the summer, with Pep Guardiola knowing him well from their time together in Germany, with the Premier League side looking to shore up their defence.
And now they could miss out on him altogether, with Juventus ready to make their move.
Even though he still has nine months left on his current deal, there are reports that Juventus could try and engineer a move for Alaba in the January window. The two clubs have a good relationship, with a number of players moving between the German and Italian sides in recent years.
Such a move would continue Juve’s policy of signing out of contract players, with the likes of Kingsley Coman, Dani Alves and Aaron Ramsey just some of those who moved to Turin after their existing deals expired.
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