Valencia man heading back to the Nou Camp.
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Manchester United’s hopes of signing Valencia sensation Jordi Alba are all but over with Barcelona set to complete a deal this week.
The exciting left-back of Catalonian heritage has attracted admiring glances from Old Trafford and Camp Nou but Barca have opened talks with their La Liga rivals and expect to finalise the move in the next few days.
The defender is currently in Poland with Spain preparing for their Euro 2012 campaign, but that has not stopped Barca’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta contacting Valencia president Manuel Llorente and thrashing out the details of the transfer.
The 23-year-old, who is equally adept in a more attacking role down the left, is set to cost Barca £10m, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
So that’s that then. It did appear very likely that Barcelona were going to beat Man United to the punch in this race, not least because the 23 year old Spanish international represented the Nou Camp side as a youth team player before moving on to Valencia.
The talented left back was seen by some as a possible long term replacement for Patrice Evra but in many ways Tito Vilanova’s need was more immediate as the Catalan club is in need of a new left sided option as it’s likely Eric Abidal will not return to the first team picture following his liver transplant and Brazilian Adriano has failed to impress.
Alba is currently with Spain at the Euro 2012 finals, where he is joined by seven Barcelona players who made Vicente del Bosque’s 23 man squad.