Like it or not, David Alaba is an essential member of the Bayern Munich squad; a part of the establishment. So it is not strange to hear of their reluctance to sell David Alaba to anybody. With Bayern’s hardball stance in mind, Manchester City can explore two other options.
Now, these options are probably younger and maybe not as accomplished as David Alaba; but capable of making an impression at the Etihad.
Benjamin Mendy needs the competition to get him on the straight and narrow once again. Zinchenko, I believe remains a stop-gap measure and Pep would be particular about adding a specialist in that position.
A few mistakes during the course of the season, have made it imperative for Manchester City to dig deep into the market for left-back. If only to provide some competition for Mendy, just like they did last season at right-back.
The two options available should David Alaba decide to prefer the comfort of the Allianz Arena are as follows:
The 25-year-old Spanish international has had another stellar campaign in La Liga with Valencia. Gaya has very good footwork, defends well, and covers the full blade of the grass thriving at left-back. He is accomplished in the position and his major strength is in his use of the ball and possession.
Also, being a Spaniard could be an added advantage working with fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola. Gaya has not even peaked and working with Guardiola can ensure that his peak years are for the good of Manchester City.
If you take out Alphonso Davies; Ramy Bensebaini ranks as the best full-back coming out of the Bundesliga at the moment. At 25, he is also yet to hit his peak years; good on the ball, solid in the air. Ramy packs a punch and is also a good tackler.
He can also chip in with some goals; five goals and three assists last season shows a player; who is solid and tenacious defensively but also has a keen eye for goal. He is also versatile and can play in defensive midfield if the need arises.
With David Alaba about to hit 29 and at the peak of his game; the options of Gaya and Bensebaini provide younger alternatives and potential value for money on all fronts.