Nigerian-born defender snubs Mourinho, picks Arsenal

Europe By: Linus Onyeze | 26/11/2016

wenger-mourinhoJose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in a bitter exchange.

David Alaba would rather join Arsenal than Manchester United, amid reports the Red Devils are eager to sign the defender from Bayern Munich.

Alaba, who has a Nigerian father but plays international football for Austria, has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with the reports claiming Manchester United have made the effort to sign him, even though Manchester City and Arsenal have also been mentioned as possible destinations.

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However, he has recently signed a new contract at Bayern until 2021 but Arsenal are believed to be keen on signing him and, should he decide to leave Bavaria, London - not Manchester - is believed to be his preferred destination, according to the Daily Mirror.

Alaba is predominantly a left back, but plays in midfield for Austria, and also did same at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola and he is valued at around £34million by the Bundesliga champions and United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to recruit two 'quality' defenders as early as the January transfer window.

The Red Devils are also eyeing Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, but the chances of a mid-season transfer to United are remote. The Saints want £40million for the 25-year-old, who is also interesting Liverpool.

The Holland defender signed a six-year contract with Southampton earlier this year and his improved performances, as well as the club's ability to attain extravagant fees for their prized players, has seen his valuation soar to over three times the £13m Southampton paid Celtic for Van Dijk last year.