Manchester United have reportedly scouted David Alaba and Julian Baumgartlinger.
According to The Mirror, Manchester United scouted Austrian stars David Alaba and Julian Baumgartlinger over the international break.
The Red Devils couldn’t hold on to a 1-0 lead as they drew 1-1 with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, and it’s clear that manager Jose Mourinho still needs to mould the United team into his own.
United’s squad is still a mixture of players from the eras of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, and Mourinho will be looking to dip into the transfer market to target his own players – even after splashing the cash on players like Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba over the summer.
Now, The Mirror report that United sent scouts to watch Austria over the international break, and their top two targets were Bayern Munich superstar David Alaba, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Baumgartlinger.
The €48.5-rated left-back Alaba has established himself as one of the world’s top left backs, and with question marks over Luke Shaw’s role under Mourinho, it’s believed that Alaba has become a top target for United, despite the huge fee they would have to pay to lure him away from German giants Bayern.
Defensive midfielder Baumgartlinger only joined Bayer Leverkusen from Mainz over the summer for reported fee of €4m, but he’s impressed in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, whilst he’s been the heartbeat of the Austrian midfield for years, having racked up more than 50 caps and even been named captain of the side.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin allegedly free to leave under Mourinho, 28-year-old Baumgartlinger is believed to be a target for United, with his aggression, work rate and tough tackling no doubt appealing to Mourinho.
January moves for either player look unlikely, but they could be longer-term targets for Mourinho with a view towards next summer’s transfer window, and having scouted the pair against Ireland and Slovakia earlier this month, they both appear to feature high on Mourinho’s transfer wish list.