Manchester United want to bring in defensive reinforcements in January, but are reportedly not considering making a move for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba anymore.
Alaba’s contract expires at the end of the current season, and he is free to speak with clubs about a potential summer transfer when the winter transfer window opens on January 1, 2021.
A number of clubs are interested in signing the center-back on a free, including United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. Last week, AS reported that both Manchester clubs had made a formal approach for the player.
But now, according to The Telegraph, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are reportedly unlikely to move for Alaba in January. The report claims that the United boss is against making any significant additions at the midway point of the campaign.
Alaba, meanwhile, continues to remain a vital role in Hansi Flick’s side this season, making a total of 18 appearances in all competitions since the start of September.
“Bayern did everything we could to try and reach an agreement,” the club’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said earlier this week. “We had a lot of conversations, but we wanted answers from him by the end of October.
“This didn’t happen and I don’t know if we’ll return to the negotiations. What I want to be clear about is that our offer showed exactly how much we value him, but he didn’t accept it”
Rummenigge added: “I don’t know anything about the Real Madrid rumours. He’s free to speak to whoever he wants from January 1.”