Arsenal urged to sign 'unbelievable' Real Madrid star ahead of Manchester United

Arsenal have been urged to go and sign Real Madrid star David Alaba this summer.

The 31-year-old joined the Spanish giants from Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer of 2021, with the Austria international cementing himself as one of La Liga's best centre-backs. However, his game time has been limited over the past two campaigns due to injury.

Making 17 appearances for Madrid throughout the first half of the 2023/24 campaign, Alaba suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee in December and has been out ever since. Alaba has been working hard in the gym, however, and could make a return to action in pre-season.

Able to play at centre-back and left-back, Alaba can even play in central midfield. This may make him an option for Mikel Arteta and Edu in the summer, should Madrid be willing to part ways with the former Bayern man.

Former Austria, Wigan and West Brom star Paul Scharner believes Alaba would be a decent signing for the Gunners. Speaking to OLBG Scharner said: "I would see him more in a team like Arsenal. I think Manchester United would be difficult because he's not a natural defender.

"He plays at the back because he grew up at Bayern Munich and became a left back. He always wanted to play in central midfield.

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"For him his best position was number eight, offensive midfielder, but he never got there. If you look at Real Madrid, 99 per cent of their games they have the most possession, fighting and defending is not his strength. It’s being in possession."

Pep Guardiola is one of Alaba's many admirers, with the now Man City boss full of praise for the Austrian during his three-year spell at the Allianz Arena between 2013 and 2016. "He's an unbelievable talent," Guardiola said of Alaba at the time.

"He can play anywhere. He's quick, is good in the build-up and is always 100 per cent focused. Without doubt he can be one of the best centre-backs in the world. He's a huge gift for Bayern."