Man Utd make ‘formal offer’ for David Alaba after joining free transfer race alongside Man City, Chelsea and Barcelona

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MANCHESTER UNITED will reportedly make a formal offer for David Alaba after joining the race for his signature.

The Bayern Munich defender is leaving the German giants and a host of clubs are chasing him.

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According to AS, United are the latest club to declare an interest in the 28-year-old Austrian.

Alaba is out of contract next summer at the Champions League winners and Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the defender is leaving the club.

United are in the market for a defender and Alaba would be a strong addition to their squad if they can secure him on a free transfer.

But the Red Devils face major competition from some of the biggest clubs in Europe if they are to sign him.

Rivals Manchester City and Barcelona have shown significant interest in Alaba while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are also keen on the defender.

Alaba and Bayern have been locked in contract talks since the summer.

The versatile defender refused to put pen to paper on a new deal as he felt he was being undervalued.

Alaba currently earns around £150,000 per week at Bayern Munich – nowhere near the likes of Robert Lewandowski (£375,000) and Thomas Muller (£300,000).

The German champions offered Alaba a significant pay increase – at around £200,000, according to BILD – but the Austrian was still not satisfied.

And United will hope to persuade him to move to Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of this season.

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