In order to solve Chelsea‘s defensive problem, Frank Lampard is ready to launch a £60million bid for Austria and Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, who is known for his solid defending and attacking prowess.
Alaba, also known for his versatility, joined the Bundesliga champions in 2008 from Austria Vienna and has made over 360 appearances for Bayern Munich, winning 20 major trophies in his12 years spell at the Allianz Arena. The 27-year-old has made 17 club appearances this season, providing one goal and one assist.
He has also featured for Austria 72 times, having played at left-back and in central defence. Alaba remains the youngest player to be capped by his country, having made his debut in 2009 when he was 17.
FutballNews learned that Chelsea manager is looking for an experienced defender who is good at defending and attacking at the same time. Lampard has benched Spanish defender Marcos Alonso since taking over at Stamford Bridge and has also not been convinced that Emerson Palmier is the right defender he needs despite the opportunities he has had.
Lampard has instead played versatile Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back, and academy graduate Reece James coming into the team to play on the right. The Blues manager is now looking to strengthen that area of the squad with a new signing.
And according to the Mirror, Chelsea are planning a sensation move for Alaba, whose contract will expire in June 2021. The report added that the Premier League side will attempt to see whether they can convince the player into moving to England. The paper claims that a deal could be struck in the January transfer window.
Speaking about his future in an interview with Sport1 last month, Alaba admitted he is considering his options and did not rule out the possibility of leaving Bayern.
Alaba saidd: “I can imagine both: staying here or taking a different route.
“At the moment, however, we have goals here and I want to achieve them with Bayern Munich.’