Now that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban, one of the biggest players in the international transfer market just got a big green light to continue to flaunt Financial Fair Play rules put in place by FIFA. Per The Guardian, City will reportedly have £150 million to play with, and manager Pep Guardiola has added left-back and center-back to his list of demands.
Enter David Alaba. Pep, the former Bayern boss, is all too familiar with Bayern’s versatile defenseman extraordinaire. Alaba is obviously more than capable at playing either of those positions at a very high level — some would say, the highest — and now is reportedly Pep’s top target.
Alaba, who has previously expressed no such desire to play in Manchester, or even the Premier League, could potentially be swayed by the enormous wages that City can offer. Besides ruling that City can basically thumb their collective noses at FFP laws, the CAS also reduced City’s €30 million fine by about €20 million — roughly equivalent to a year’s wages for an elite player of Alaba’s caliber.
As far as transfer rumors go, this smells like nothing more than someone connecting the dots of former manager with former player at a position of need. Alaba has expressed interest only in joining Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. Of course, this ruling in City’s favor could change things very quickly if Alaba no longer sees a future for himself in Munich.