Bayern Munich have been linked with two key Arsenal men in recent weeks, from an outlandish rumour touting Jack Wilshere as a target to claims of a bid being prepared for Laurent Koscielny.
The Frenchman set tongues wagging yesterday with comments that he would be prepared to move on if Arsenal can't match his ambitions, even if there is little likelihood of him departing this summer.
The tables have turned now with Arsenal reportedly causing Bayern concern with their interest in one of their regular starters.
The player concerned is David Alaba, a 20-year-old Austrian international who has been utilised mainly as a left-back.
However he recently stated in an interview that he saw his future as a central midfielder, stating: "The club sees me at the moment as a left defender., but I see myself as a central midfielder, and also have all of that in mind I try to stay quiet, but it is. a goal of mine, in Bavaria to be a central midfield regular."
At Bayern he has his work cut out, in front of him are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Luiz Gustavo, Xherdan Shaqiri, Anatoliy Tymoschuk and the incoming Sebastian Rode.
And this is where Arsenal could come in, with their desire to sign a defensive midfielder, potentially offering him the chance to play in his preferred position.
German news outlet TZ claims about Arsenal: "The English giants have already made contact with Alaba's management. The Londoners want to sign him for midfield."
Alaba has been a regular at left-back for Bayern who do not want to lose the talent, with it claimed 'alarm bells' are figuratively ringing at the club over Arsenal's approach.
He has a contract until 2015, but they realise they are oversubscribed in midfield and Arsenal may be able to tempt him with greater opportunity of playing time in his preferred position.
How serious Arsenal's interest is, so far is unclear with the news about contact being made emerging. Whether they want to launch a bid to sign him outright, or are interested as an after-thought if Koscielny forces a move as a part-exchange remains to be seen.
While Alaba's talent cannot be denied, but as a midfielder he has it all to prove. Bayern would demand a high price for his services, possibly in the name of the Gunner's French centre-back.
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