United eye full-back.
Manchester United are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signature of Valencia left-sider Jordi Alba.
The Spanish international is hot property after standing out for the World Champions at Euro 2012 and is set to seal a move away from the Mestalla this summer.
Negotations with Barcelona, who have 7 internationals currently alongside Alba in the Spain squad, are at an advanced stage but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson still hopes to beat the Catalonians to the 23-year-old’s signature.
United are in the market for a left-back, with current incumbent Patrice Evra on the decline and youngster Fabio da Silva set to be loaned out this month.
The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for Everton’s Leighton Baines but view Alba as a younger, more technically gifted alternative.
Barcelona, however, remain in pole position to sign the £12 million-rated star and could conclude a deal as soon as Spain finish their Euro 2012 campaign.