One of the Spanish team’s players that has most impressed without a shadow of a doubt is Valencia’s Jordi Alba. I have been keeping tabs on the young guy for several weeks now and today it was confirmed that Barca is the fortunate club that will sign him.
He has impressed at the Euro 2012 tournament with his skill and pace, not forgetting his work rate. He is a great buy for the Catalan club and it comes as a blow for Manchester United who were also in the race to sign the Spanish ace.
Manchester United were looking for a long term replacement for their left back, Patrice Evra, who’s in his last season for the red devils.
Barcelona confirmed a fee of 17.5 Million Euros for Alba on their website earlier and has been offered a five-year deal.
Valencia also confirmed on their own website:
Valencia Football Club and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jordi Alba. Valencia wish him the greatest of luck.
Alba’s case is similiar to that of Cesc Fabregás. He joined Barcelona as a youngster and was released in 2005 and joined up with local neighbours UE Cornellà. Alba was a talented youngster and it didn’t take too long before Valencia noticed his quality. Jordi Alba signed for Valencia in 2007. After a loan spell with Gimnàstic de Tarragona,he came back to Valencia where he established himself as a first-team regular and earned a call-up to the national side.
Manchester United have no doubt missed out on a talented youngster and will now switch their attention to Everton’s Leighton Baines as a possible substitute for Evra. Apparently united are not interested in an all cash deal for Baines, rather, opting for a cash plus player arrangement.