Manchester United have started poorly this season in the Premier League. Injuries to key players like Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, and Raphael Varane ensured that United were poor in the defensive department which conceded 21 goals in 17 matches. Therefore, Erik ten Hag is looking at the January transfer window to get some players in who would help him to change the fortune of Man Utd’s season. His priority is to sign a defender. According to a Spanish source, the latest Man Utd transfer news is that the club has identified David Alaba from Real Madrid as the perfect replacement for Raphael Varane.
The 31-year-old Austrian defender replaced Raphael Varane at Real Madrid in 2021. Now, two and a half years after that, Alaba is close to replacing the French defender once again at Manchester United. However, United could face a setback to their pursuit of David Alaba as he has suffered an ACL injury which will take him out for a while. Thus, Real Madrid is also on the market looking for a defender. According to the reports from Spain, Manchester United is not the only club that is looking to sign the Austrian defender. Italian club Juventus and a Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad are also interested in the signature of the Real Madrid defender.
The transfer fee that the Los Blancos could ask to offload Alaba would be around £50m. Now, whether Manchester United would pay that amount of money to sign a 31-year-old defender or they would want to pay less and get a much younger defender, fans need to see that. Goncalo Inacio is another name that is going around Manchester United. So, Man Utd fans would have to wait and see what happens with the defender situation at the club. They can expect to have plenty of Man Utd transfer news on Alaba in the coming days.