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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly identified David Alaba as his primary defensive transfer target.

The Bayern Munich man has been linked with Barcelona for some time now, and according to Albert Garcia of Catalan outlet Sport, Madrid tried their luck during the summer: “Madrid have had Alaba in mind for a while, trying in the summer but unable to convince the Bavarians to sell.”

(L-R) Bayern Munich's defender Felix Goetze, Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba and Bayern Munich's Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich are pictured during a car handover event at the Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt, southern Germany, on October 11, 2017.


Per the report, Alaba’s versatility is key to Zidane’s interest. A wave of defensive injuries has hit Los Blancos, and the absence of the likes of Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Theo Hernandez has highlighted the lack of depth.

The Austria international made his name as a full-back but has also played as a centre-back and in midfield. His excellent all-round game means he regularly contributes in front of goal, as you can see in this video:

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