Left back is the remaining transfer window priority for Barcelona, as the Spanish champions seek a backup and eventual successor to Jordi Alba.
Following the big-money arrivals of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann, and transfer of backup goalkeeper Neto, Barça's squad renovation is more or less complete this summer - barring a sensational return for Neymar.
Real Betis and Spain Under-21 star Junior Firpo has long been touted as the most likely left-back signing for Barcelona, but the Andalusians are likely to demand close to the rising star's €50m release clause - amid supposed interest from the Premier League - making him an expensive addition.
Mundo Deportivo (MD), claim that as an alternative Barcelona are now investigating the enticing option of Bayern Munich's David Alaba. However, that suggestion is totally rejected by rival Catalan football daily SPORT.
The 27-year-old Austrian has been a key performer for the Bundesliga-dominating Bayern in recent years but may see his role changed or even diminished following the arrival of Lucas Hernandez in Bavaria for a club-record fee of €80m.
MD claims that while publicly Bayern have no plans to sell Alaba, the private reality is different. Niko Kovac's side are undergoing a process of 'rejuvenation', while the experienced left back has no plans to renew his current deal which expires in 2021.
Back in March, Alaba admitted he could
Frontpage of Mundo Deportivo this morning: Barça target Alaba.— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) July 19, 2019
Sport just now: Barça won't sign Alaba.
Transfer sagas used to last longer in the old days... https://t.co/CfmFIYIm67