Report: David Alaba could prove key to Leeds hunt for Real Madrid's Miguel Gutierrez
Leeds United could secure the loan signature of Miguel Gutierrez if Real Madrid sign Bayern Munich star David Alaba, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish outlet reckon that a deal to bring the two-time Champions League winner to Los Blancos would pave the way for Victor Orta to secure a summer scoop of his own.
TEAMtalk carried a report on Wednesday (14/04/21) that claimed Gutierrez, 19, had been offered to the Whites director of football by Madrid, and that the West Yorkshire side were open to the idea of a loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Now it seems a deal could rest on whether Zinedine Zidane’s side sign Alaba this summer, and that seems a real possibility with the Austrian confirming in February that he would be leaving Bavaria for a new challenge at the end of the season. [Sky Sports]
Given Alaba’s defensive duality, in that he can play at in central defence or at left-back, he would give Madrid more security to allow Gutierrez to depart.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola waxed lyrical about Alaba’s versatility to Sport1 in 2015.
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“David Alaba is our God! He has already played almost all 10 positions,” he said.
On everyone’s lips
World-class players just keep ending up in Whites headlines recently.
After reported interest in Premier League legend Sergio Aguero last week we’re now being told serial trophy winner Alaba could hold the key to a move for Gutierrez.
It makes sense given that Marcelo is likely to leave Madrid this summer and that would leave Ferland Mendy as their sole senior left-back, thus giving Gutierrez the opportunity to step up and challenge for a first-team spot.
But a move for Alaba would surely put paid to that as he would be firm favourite to rival Mendy for that role, as well as offering competition to Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the centre of defence.
Therefore this move could be a goer if we really want to proceed with it, and a loan deal with an option to buy would be a pretty risk-free investment for a player who has lined up 13 times for their Castilla side this season.
It’s highly unlikely we would put an untested youngster into the starting spot so the Whites hierarchy are surely eyeing a more senior left-back as well, but Gutierrez could be one for the future and test himself in the successful U23s side while he becomes accustomed to Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics.
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