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Report: Chelsea in pursuit of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba

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A new, natural left-back may be on his way to Stamford Bridge this winter.

Chelsea are weighing in on placing a $78-million (£60 million) bid for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, according to a report.

Longtime left-back favorite, Marcos Alonso, has fallen in Frank Lampard‘s pecking order, making just eight Premier League appearances this season. As a result, the 41-year-old has recently instead shifted captain Cesar Azpilicueta from his natural right-back position to the left side.

20-year-old Reece James now features as the Blues’ right-back, a glaring indicator that Lampard isn’t sold on either Alonso or 25-year-old Emerson Palmieri.

Alaba, 27, has a contract with the German giants until the summer of 2021, meaning that the transfer price is not coming at a reduced price.

Debuting for Bayern’s first team in 2010, Alaba has since made 250 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 22 goals and jotting 25 assists. This season, he’s featured 17 times for the champions throughout all competitions.

At the age of 17, Alaba earned his first cap with Austria; since then, he’s registered a total of 72 caps.

The Blues are free to engage in the transfer market after their appeal on a two-window transfer ban was ratified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in early December.

WATCH: Cesar Azpilicueta smashes a volley as Chelsea, Leicester thrill

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The man Chelsea fans call Dave just hammered a volley home, as the Blues have come storming back to draw level with Leicester City in third round EFL Cup action at King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

After Leicester opened up a 2-0 lead courtesy of two clever finishes from Shinji Okazaki, Gary Cahill snuck a ball across the line before halftime.

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That’s when Cesar “Dave” Azpilicueta took advantage of an awkward soft clearance to belt a volley into the Leicester goal.

Growing up, I had a friend who was disappointed with the use of the American name “Chuck” being used for something being thrown with speed. For example, “Chuck that extra ball over here”.

He wanted to use Fred. For today, we’ll suggest Dave. Azpilicueta really Daved that equalizer.