Barcelona have discarded the option of signing Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as they look to reinforce their left-back options, say Cadena Cope.
It is reported that the Blaugrana are instead focusing their efforts on signing one of either Real Betis wing-back Junior Firpo or Philipp Max of Augsburg.
A report in El Mundo Deportivo on Monday claimed the Catalan giants view Austrian international Alaba as a ‘four in one player’, referencing his tactical flexibility.
The German champions have already signed Lucas Hernandez in an €80m deal from Atletico Madrid this summer – who will provide direct competition at left-back for Alaba.
The Austrian is the latest player to be linked to the Camp Nou to provide back-up for Jordi Alba, the long-term number one left-back at the club.
Filipe Luis had previously been an option for the Catalan giants but he has signed a contract at Brazilian side Flamengo after leaving Atletico Madrid.
A slow down in the club’s attempts to strengthen the position comes as sporting director Pep Segura leaves the club, meaning a changing of the guard at boardroom level.