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Daily Schmankerl: Alaba to Real Madrid, Thiago to Barcelona, Giulia Gwinn destroys the Living Room Cup

It’s a double-shot of the Don: one Spanish big shot is gunning for David Alaba, and the other one for Thiago. Guess who.

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Real Madrid to poach David Alaba to give Ferland Mendy “a competitor” (Don Balon)

Alas, Marcelo’s time at Real Madrid is coming to a close. Ferland Mendy is the new kid in town, and Zinedine Zidane needs someone to keep him on his toes. Ergo, the Don reasons, Florentino Pérez may poach David Alaba from Bayern Munich at a discount:

Because his contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2021, and at the moment there is no agreement to renew it and little optimism in that regard. For about 50 million euros, he might change the scenery.

Even the Don knows that Alaba is a real prize: he’s at the “perfect age,” 27, and he moreover is versatile, playing both left-back and center-back with aplomb. But there will be “enormous competition ... Barça, Juventus Turin, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Inter Milan” are all rumored to be in the hunt.

And, of course, there’s Bayern Munich, who probably want to sign their versatile, homegrown defender “at the perfect age” to an extension.

As the Don says (in auto-translation) at the end, “There is nothing.”

Thiago to Barca (Don Balon)

Double Don: the poor folks at Barcelona think all their midfielders not named Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo are leaving — in addition to sundry club vice-presidents! What to do?

Even Fabián Ruiz will probably end up at Real Madrid. Enter the Don with a plan:

Therefore, there is no other choice but to think of an alternative, and there is a proper name that seems to seduce the president. It’s Thiago Alcántara, who has already contacted the club, and who wants to return this summer.

How interesting! This rumor flies in the face of the latest reports about Thiago and the odds of his signing with Barcelona. Let’s see:

“We will have to see,” as they, and the Don, say.

Alaba not the youngest-ever Austria player after all (kicker)

Alas, David Alaba is not the youngest debutant in the history of the Austrian national team. Der Standard has determined that Walter Jokl was in fact the youngest ever to debut for Austria — on November 4, 1917!

Jokl was born on January 3, 1901, so he was 16 years, 305 days old when he tended goal against Hungary for Austria. Jokl played only four times for Austria, the last time in 1919, and played for the forerunner of Austria Vienna. He was reputedly a temperamental figure, once leaving the pitch in frustration in the middle of a match after conceding a goal.

Alaba debuted on October 14, 2009, at 17 years, 112 days, old. Still pretty good.

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