Bayern Munich’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out the sale of defender David Alaba to Manchester City.
He said that there is no truth in the rumours surrounding the player and that he recently extended his contract with the team until 2021. As a result he said that the team is “completely relaxed about the situation. His departure is not on the agenda at all”.
Rumours arose last week suggesting that City were targeting the player. Alaba worked with Guardiola at Bayern during which time the 24 year old made significant improvements in key areas of his game.
Guardiola is lacking a defender with the same flexibility and dynamic at Alaba and in all likelihood would probably have liked to sign him.
However, there are now reports that the team is interested in Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is thought that Guardiola is a big fan of Aubameyang and that he has been valued at around £58 million by his club.
Aubameyang held negotiations with City last summer and while a move didn’t materialise then there have been recent talks between the two parties. It is thought that Guardiola has a tense relationship with Sergio Aguero and that is why he is interested in finding another option. Other teams have expressed an interest in Aguero and there is a real likelihood of him departing.
Aubameyang has shown himself to be an excellent forward in recent times and excelled for Dortmund in the last few seasons at the point of attack. However, some are doubtful that he is good enough to replace Aguero. Nonetheless, he would bring something different to the team’s attack and he has more raw pace and power than Aguero, qualities that the team seem to be lacking.