La Liga leaders Barcelona are closing in on a deal for Bayern Munich and Austria left-back David Alaba in a £70m deal.
Spanish publication Don Balon are reporting that a £70m deal to take Alaba to the Camp Nou is at an advanced stage with the player expected to put pen-to-paper on a deal this summer.
The report also states that the Blaugrana have beaten off competition from arch rivals Real Madrid for the 25-year-old Austrian internationals signature. Alaba is rated as one of the best left-backs in world football and has proven that with Bayern in Germany and the European stage over the last few years.
The fee will fall short of the £75m world record for defender Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk back in January, however, it will be the highest fee ever paid for a full-back.
Born in Austria the player started off his career in Vienna with SV Aspern before moving to Austria Wien where he spent 6-years in the youth setup.
Bayern noticed the players talent early via their scouting system and in 2009 as a 16-year-old he moved across to Germany and joined up with the Bayern youth setup.
In no time the young talented full-back, who originally started off as a winger broke into the first-team at Bayern where he established himself as one of Europe’s finest attacking full-backs.
So far he has made a total of 188 appearances, scoring 15 goals for Bayern.
On the international stage, Alaba has won 59 caps, scoring 11 goals for his country.
Many of Europes top teams have tried to sign the player in the past, but with Bayerns spending power and money, the club managed to keep hold of him. It now seems with a huge offer the Bavarians are allowing him to leave for a new challenge.